Feeling good is about more than just feeling good, it has a direct impact on the results you experience in your life — including finances, business, career, relationships, and all other areas.
When you feel an emotion, what you’re feeling is the sensation — the physical sensation — of chemicals in your system.
All negative emotions are the result of some level of stress chemicals, like adrenaline and cortisol, in your system.
Positive emotions are the result of “feel-good chemicals” like endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin, in your system.
When you feel: sad, angry, scared, worried, lonely, hurt, betrayed, frustrated, anxious, hopeless — or any other negative emotion — your brain and body are producing the same chemicals they would if your life was in danger.
It’s a BEAR! No Thinking Allowed!
In other words, when you feel bad, emotionally, your body is in the same emergency fight-freeze-flight state it would be in if you were faced with a bear.
One of the effects of these stress chemicals is:
Blood drains from the prefrontal cortex of your brain — where you do your cognitive thinking — to the back of the brain, (amygdala and other parts of the brain responsible for survival responses).
Cognitive thinking like: problem-solving, strategizing, processing and comprehending information, noticing and assessing opportunities, effective communication… and all other higher-level thinking — is not only unnecessary for escaping a bear, it would be detrimental. While you’re strategizing… the bear is already attacking.
So, blood is directed to the parts of the brain that are responsible for running away, fighting, or pretending to be dead.
This means that while you’re feeling any negative emotion, you literally can’t think straight! Because that part of your brain is offline.
The longer you spend feeling bad, emotionally, the higher the level of stress chemicals that have been pumped into your system, and the less access you have to your cognitive thinking.
Bringing Your Brain Back Online
When you are able to do something that helps you to feel better… as you start feeling better, what you’re feeling is the lowering of stress chemicals in your system, and eventually, the effects of the “feel-good chemicals”.
This allows blood flow back to the prefrontal cortex of your brain… and your cognitive thinking begins to return.
As you can see, all of this makes feeling good your TOP PRIORITY for getting the results you want to get in your life!
Negative emotions = stress chemicals = inability to make effective decisions or think strategically
Positive emotions = prefrontal cortex back online = ability to think clearly, problem-solve, creativity, productivity, strategy, more informed decisions, more effective communication skills, more reliable judgement and risk assessment, ability to see opportunities… and everything else that will lead you to success in any area of your life.
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