The Power of Positive Thinking - It Can Change Your Life

Let's talk about the power of positive thinking and its influence on brain function

By the end of this article, I want you to understand the concept of positive thinking, how it impacts our brain function, and the role it plays in enhancing our overall well-being.

So, let's get into it, shall we?

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and tries to remain focused on achieving and framing positive outcomes. It's more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude; it's an approach to life's challenges in a more productive and effective way. It's a powerful tool that has a profound impact on our health, including the way our brains function.

The Science Behind Positive Thinking and Brain Function

a. Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Positive thinking can stimulate growth of nerve connections, improve cognition by increasing mental productivity, improve the ability to analyze and think, and affect views and perceptions.

b. Neurogenesis: Positive thoughts can stimulate the growth of new neurons and improve the brain's resilience to stress.

c. Dopamine, Serotonin, and Endorphins: Positive thinking can increase the level of these "feel good" neurotransmitters, enhancing mood, motivation, and overall well-being.

Benefits of Positive Thinking

a. Stress Reduction: Positive thinkers are better equipped to handle stressful situations and have lower rates of depression and anxiety.

b. Better Physical Health: Positive thinking can lead to a stronger immune system and better cardiovascular health.

c. Improved Mental Health: Positive thinking can lead to increased resilience, better coping mechanisms, and a more optimistic outlook on life.

d. Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills: Positive thinkers approach problems more creatively and constructively.

Techniques to Promote Positive Thinking

a. Practice Mindfulness: Being present in the moment can help you accept and acknowledge negative thoughts and feelings without judgment, and then let them pass.

b. Positive Affirmations: Regularly using positive affirmations can change your mindset and outlook.

c. Gratitude Journaling: Writing down what you're grateful for can help shift focus from negative thoughts to positive ones.

d. Visualizations: Visualizing positive outcomes and experiences can generate positive emotions and increase positive thinking.

e. Surround Yourself with Positive People: Positive thinking can be contagious. Being around those who are positive can make you lean more towards positive thinking.

Let's put it all together, now!

Positive thinking can change the brain's function, affecting our thoughts, feelings, and actions in a way that enhances our overall well being. It's a powerful tool that everyone should harness for better mental, emotional, and physical health.

Here is an activity to try today: 

Write down three positive affirmations related to areas in your life you want to improve. Practice saying these daily and observe any changes in your thought patterns and overall mood over the next few weeks.

Remember, like any other skill, positive thinking requires practice and patience. So, start today and make your life more vibrant and fulfilling.


1. Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy. Handbook of Positive Psychology. 
2. Davidson, R.J., & McEwen, B.S. (2012). Social influences on neuroplasticity: stress and interventions to promote well-being. Nature Neuroscience, 15(5), 689–695. 
3. Mosley, M. (2020). The Power of Positive Thinking: How Your Attitude Affects Your Brain. Lifehack.

I hope this was helpful - sometimes, all it takes is a reframe, but if you do need more help or feel like you can't go at this alone, we'd love to give you a hand.  
Be well,
Olivia Oneid
Co-Owner and Coach, Master Athletic Performance