You know, there's often a truth behind those old sayings that we all repeat without thinking -- like "sorrow shared is sorrow halved." And now there's even scientific evidence for the proof that expressing or sharing your feelings is good for you.
I was reading about an experiment conducted by UCLA psychologist Matthew Lieberman. Of course, psychology has long held that talking about your feelings is helpful, but hasn't been able to explain why or how. Well, in the experiment, 30 people were hooked up to machines that scan the brain to show which parts are active or inactive at any given time.
The volunteers were then shown pictures of faces with different emotional expressions. Generally, when an angry or fearful face is shown, there is increased activity in an area of the brain called the amygdala. It serves as an alarm to activate the body in times of danger.
But this time, instead of just a picture of a face, below some of the photos was a selection of words to choose from to describe the emotion shown on the face. When the volunteers were asked to pick the word that described the feeling on the face, there was less response in the amygdala. Instead, there was more activity in an area of the brain that helps to process emotions.
That just goes to show that talking about your feelings does help. So don't hesitate to share your problems with friends and loved ones. And don't forget the other part to that old saying ---- "joy shared is joy doubled"!
Identify your successes. Everyone is good at something, so discover the things at which you excel, then focus on your talents. Give yourself permission to take pride in them. Give yourself credit for your successes. Inferiority is a state of mind in which you've declared yourself a victim. Do not allow yourself to be victimized.
Look in the mirror and smile. Studies surrounding what's called the "facial feedback theory" suggest that the expressions on your face can actually encourage your brain to register certain emotions. So by looking in the mirror and smiling every day, you might feel happier with yourself and more confident in the long run.
Exercise and eat healthy. Exercise raises adrenaline and makes one feel happier and healthier. It is certainly an easy and effective way to boost your self-confidence. Turn feelings of envy or jealousy into a desire to achieve. Stop wanting what others have just because they have it; seek things simply because you want them, whether anybody else has them or not.
When you're feeling superbly insecure, write down a list of things that are good about you.
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