Learn about cueing positive thinking with gratitude, appreciation, and acts of kindness.
- The second step of the brain recharge process is to…shift your attention to feeling a positive emotion.…Research suggests that when we feel a positive emotion…like love, joy, or gratitude, we dramatically change…the chemistry in our brain and body.…As a result, stress hormones decrease, immune function…is enhanced, and we improve our ability…to think creatively and intuitively.…We also become much more flexible and resilient,…able to navigate change more effectively…or bounce back more quickly.…
One of the quickest ways to make this emotional shift…is to think about something or someone we feel grateful for.…And as we ask our brains to focus more on positive things,…we actually start to notice more positive things.…One of the challenges today is that we receive constant…messaging about what's wrong, what we need to fix…and change, and anything else that might be potentially…threatening to our safety, whether it's real or imagined.…When we consciously shift our attention to what's good…and give ourselves time to actually sit and reflect…
- Define “stress” and explain why it often occurs in the workplace.
- Recognize the differences between acute and chronic stress.
- List the three steps for managing stress.
- Name three things the brain craves.
- Identify the differences between primary stress reactions.
- Recall the benefits of rhythmic breathing.