A few years back I was dealing with an especially challenging time – or what I refer to as my Vortex.
My friend Gene said something which has forever stayed with me:
I love this quote. Although at the time it was tough for me to believe that things weren’t as bad as they seemed.
I later learned that my negative beliefs were due to something which brain researchers call “resonance” and spiritual believers call “The Law of Resonance.”
“The Law of Resonance” basically puts forth that all energy is resonating at a specific frequency which then attracts similar energies which are in harmony with that same frequency.
If you pluck the G string on one guitar, the G string on any nearby guitar will have “sympathetic resonance” and start to vibrate as well!
If you haven’t experienced this, check it out! It’s very cool.
Brain researchers have discovered that happy thoughts share the same resonance with each other inside of your brain.
As a result, you can get sadder and sadder.
Basically, your thoughts and memories are “tuned in” at specific frequencies, based on the information they’re encoded with.
Whatever resonance your present thoughts and memories are vibrating at (“high-level happy” or “low-level miserable”), they’ll attract thoughts and memories of similar information.
Over time, negative brain resonances eventually simmer back down to their normal, daily, even-keeled mid-level set zones.
When they do, that’s when the feeling of “rebounding” kicks in.So if lately you’ve been worried that you’re never going to feel like your “normal happy self” again, don’t.
You’re biologically wired to return to your normal “mid-level” happiness zone.
Plus, studies have even shown that you can wind up bouncing back to an even higher happier zone – because after bad stuff happens you wind up appreciating all your good stuff even more.
Professor Richard Lucas, at Michigan State University, researched the effects of bad and good times on “mood permanence.”
He focused on a wide range of people: from folks who won huge amounts of money to those who experienced debilitating injuries.
His research showed all people initially reacted strongly to the good or bad in their lives. However, eventually nearly everyone returned to their former general happiness level.
His studies showed that post-distressing times, many people actually reported rebounding to a higher-than-usual good mood.
He attributes this bounce-back-higher effect to people appreciating the good in their life after suffering the bad.
Your renewed focus on appreciating all the good things in your life retrieves even more simmering positive thought memories . . . and upward your mood does go!
You can influence the resonance your thoughts vibrate at – by purposefully thinking positive thoughts of gratitude.
Create a Gratitude Journal. Every day write down 5 things you’re grateful about. Or you can simply think about 5 things you’re grateful about – every time a negative thought enters your mind.
You know how captains in the military might sometimes say to misbehaving soldiers, “Drop and give me 5 push ups?”
You can do this with thoughts of gratitude.
Whenever you brain is misbehaving with negative thinking, simply tell your brain, “Drop down 5 things you’re grateful about onto paper!”
Plus, I created a special journal called Instant Happy Journal – to further help you to focus on the good in every day. And even locate the gain in every pain!