Research has shown that no matter how good our memory is. It isn’t strong enough to recall old events or trauma in full detail. So what are we actually remembering? More important when we think about or tell some one about what happened, the brain edits the original event slightly with each time it is retold.
Think about that for a minute.
Each time it’s remembered our brain and our emotional attachment to the event grows stronger connections between brain cells called neurons. These circuitry get embedded in our brain cells through repetition.
According to Karim Nader PhD, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal says “it maybe impossible for humans or any other animal to bring a memory to mind without altering it in some way”1.
So what we recall, plus or minus a slight change, our story is born. The “story” can create excuses for doing or not doing something. Pain or emotional overload can become the roots of a deeply hidden driver behind the pain story. Often times, the more often we think about the pain the story deepens so does the pain.
The best way to flex your muscles is to smile. It triggers these feel good chemicals in the body.
Endorphins help to lift your spirits and relieve stress/pain. The “Duchenne smile (picture at the right ) helps reduce pain signals from the brain to the body and simultaneously let a warm happy feeling wash over you.
This smile flexes the muscles at the sides of the mouth and contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a “Duchenne smile”.
Experiment: practice this smile every chance you get and now while you watch this video. Let us know what effects it has on your pain and mood.
Thanks to Nature Sounds: Zen Music for the beautiful healing sounds.
The brain is such an amazing programmable computer. Whatever the brain focuses is on tells the thinking and emotional systems of the brain what messages to send to the body. So, if you focus on pain the pain increases.
Experiment: Look at the image of the bridge at the right. If you focus on the trees, you don’t see the details of the bridge or water rushing below the bridge.