Michael Giannulis on How to Use Positive Thinking as a Technique to
Shift Your Perspective/State of Mind
Actively employing positive thinking in your life can have a dramatic effect on your overall state of mind, especially when done in conjunction with other actions that elicit similar benefits.
While that may sound like a self-help advertisement, the reality is that there is very solid science and evidence to support that claim, says Michael Giannulis, who coaches clients on how to visualize their goals and achieve their dreams.
Michael Giannulis, who also helps entrepreneurs through his leadership roles in multiple companies points to the famous Stanford Prison Experiment as just one example of how our thoughts and actions (even when playing a role) directly affect our state of mind.
That experiment was cancelled after just six days due to many of the student “prisoners” sinking into depression, while the “guards” began exhibiting authoritarian tendencies.
Michael Giannulis explains that thoughts and actions, even when “fake”, can shape mental states was bad news for those student actors, but it’s great news for anyone who puts that knowledge to effective use by actively controlling their state of mind, which can be done through positive thinking.
The Science Behind Positive Thinking
When we have a positive thought, our brain releases endorphins, the same “feel-good” chemicals that are also released when we exercise, meditate, do breathing exercises, and have sex. Those endorphins boost our mood, thus making us more likely to have further positive thoughts and a better outlook.
Our emotions, good and bad, also create vibrations which are sent out into the world, affecting those around us and often attracting like vibrations back to us. Thus, by exuding positivity, we’re more likely to have more positivity around us in turn, helping us maintain our state of mind.
Unfortunately, Michael Giannulis notes that most people seem to be hard-wired to think negatively, with research suggesting that up to 80% of the thoughts we have are negative. These thoughts can serve a purpose in small doses, revealing things we could improve or providing valuable self-reflection, but most of them are utterly useless and in such overwhelming numbers they often drag us down into depression and misery.
By making use
of daily positive affirmations, you can rewire your brain with new neural
pathways of positivity that counteract those dreaded negative thoughts.
How to Incorporate Positive Thinking into Your Life
One of the most effective methods of positive thinking is through writing a daily gratitude journal or list. These are often written in the evening, summarizing the things you were grateful for that day.
Michael Giannulis also recommends an activity upon waking each morning to start your day on a positive note, such as visualizing what you plan to do for the day and how great your day will be. Many of us instead grab our smartphone first thing in the morning, bombarding ourselves with all the negative news and nonsense on social media and news sites.
Esteemed Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said to watch your thoughts, which manifest into actions, then habits, eventually shaping your character and leading to your destiny. Take control of your destiny by bringing the transformational power of positive thoughts into your life.