A very wise man created Thursday back in the day so that people like us could dominate the hell out of it. Go make it happen today. As you peak inside someone’s brain you will find something called mirror neurons, which are brain cells that can actually sense and then mimic the feelings, actions, and physical sensations of another person. Let’s say a person is pricked by a needle. The neurons in the pain center of his or her brain will immediately light up, which should come as no surprise. But what is interesting is that when that same person watches someone else get pricked, the same neurons light up. In other words, he actually feels a hint of pain of the needle prick. Sound crazy? This type of experiment has been proven over and over again.
“You have probably experienced this in your daily life. Have you ever been watching someone play golf on TV and catch yourself involuntarily moving in the direction of his swing?” Obviously your conscious brain knows that you are just sitting on the couch watching, but a part of your brain, where the neurons exist, thinks you are out on the green. As we go throughout our day, our brains are constantly processing the feeling of people around us. “The average person can process the look on someones face within 33 milliseconds. And then just as quickly prime themselves to feel the same.”
So what does this all mean? Daniel Goleman said it really well. “Like secondhand smoke, the leakage of emotions can make a bystander an innocent casualty of someone else’s toxic state.” This means that when we have a negative mindset, these feelings will start to seep into every interaction that we have, whether we like it or not. Just as quick as negativity can spread, so can positivity. Smiling, for instance tricks your brain into thinking you are happy. So then, it starts to produce the neurochemicals that actually make you happy. So, the happier you are, the happier those around you will become. I think we have preached this principle until we have been blue in the face. But I think it is so important to talk about because we literally have the ability to make someone’s day or ruin it. And although they have the ability to decide whether they let us make or break their day, the world needs more people that are taking care of people.
I just wanted to end by saying this; life is good when you take care of others.
What goes around, comes around, Cram