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When you think about a mantra, you might envision a yoga class with sage burning in the corner and a bearded teacher wearing prayer beads. A mantra is so much more than that, though, and there’s science to prove it. By on a regular basis, you can actually alter the chemical state of your mind, leaving you happier and less stressed out than before.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Science says so. The journal Brain and Behavior published a study in 2015 that showed how brain activity changes—a single word mantra, to boot—to yourself.
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By saying something positive and meaningful to yourself over and over again, you slow down the default mode network in your brain, which is what increases harsh self-judgment.
Still skeptical? Think about it this way. Studies found thatcan actually strengthen certain neural pathways. Alex Korb, neuroscientist and author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, told the Wall Street Journal that neurons communicate with each other as if they were friends.
“The more they communicate, the stronger their connection becomes,” Korb said.
When youto yourself, you are strengthening the connection between those neurons. Bring on the physiological changes! Your body produces less cortisol (the mean stress hormone that gives you sweaty palms) and you can endure difficult situations with a greater sense of ease.
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Processed treats are formulated to lure you, so turning them down requires more than willpower. It starts with just a handful of chips. Then, you reach for a few more. The next thing you know, you've finished off the entire bag and are left wondering, "Where was my willpower?"Bet you don't have that problem with carrots and hummus. And here's why: Manufacturers of chips, cookies and other "junk" foods use a combination of salt, sugar and fat to create a food product "bliss point" so that it triggers the brain's pleasure center much the same way cocaine and other drugs would. (Carrot farmers, meanwhile, do not.
Choose a few phrases that resonate with you, like “I am at peace in the world,” “I am loved,” or “I can get through this.” Make sure they’re believable and come from an authentic place. Make it a habit to repeat one or a couple of these. Soon enough you’ll be mantra-ing your way to stronger mind and a happier day.
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