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How does the inconspicuous action in daily life affect your thinking?

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All along, we all know that the brain will give instructions to let us start:

The brain tells us that we are hungry, so we start to eat;

The brain tells us that there is danger in front of us, so we run away with our legs;

The brain tells us that the opposite is someone we love so much, so we can't help but give a hug.

From this point of view, the brain will control our body and determine our actions. But is there only such a one-way relationship between the brain and the body?

Neuroscientists have found that the body and the brain are not just one-way relationships, they are two-way, mutually influential relationships .

In other words, in fact, actions can also affect the brain .

For example, when you are not happy, try to laugh for two minutes, after two minutes, you will really be happy;

When you want to run faster, you swing your hands desperately, then you will really run faster.

In the book "Awareness of the Body", the related concepts are mentioned, and the three aspects of physical influence thinking and behavior are listed.


1 body affects your mood


Jingjunjun mentioned in the "Growth Dictionary" entry "330: Emotion" that physical changes are external manifestations of emotions, usually including physiological reactions and behavioral responses.

If we let the body change first, will it affect the mood?

The answer is yes.

According to common sense, our emotions will affect the expression, but in fact, the expression will in turn affect the mood .

Experiments have shown that when someone puts a golf ball between the eyebrows and the person has to frown, his emotions are badly affected.

Similarly, when people put a pencil in the middle of a closed lip and the facial expression is not very pleasant, let them go to see some relatively funny pictures and cartoons, they feel less funny.

On the contrary, if you have to smile with your pencil and you will start to smile.

And, different posture movements will also convey your emotions to the brain, such as when you are sitting straight, you will be more confident.

In addition, I believe that everyone has such an experience. When we look at the touching picture, we can't help but cry. When we see the people on the screen crying very sadly, we also start to feel sad and leave tears unconsciously.

The brain resonates with what we see and changes our mood.

Not only that, but our facial expressions also affect our response to stress .

In the classic movie "Happy Man's Room", a character named Uncle Albert, because he couldn't help laughing, and sang a song called "I Love Laughing", so that he floated to the roof of the study.

Although this is obviously an art fiction, there are some real ingredients: laughter does make our emotions lighter.

There is a kind of yoga called Laughing Yoga, which combines laughter and rhythmic breathing. At the beginning of the mandatory smile, after a certain point in time, it becomes spontaneous and infectious.

This not only exercises our abdominal muscles and lung capacity, but also makes our mood more enjoyable.

When we are more melancholy and dull, try to let yourself laugh first, then slowly adjust your mindset.


2 sports experience enhances cognitive ability


Cai Meier, the author of the best-selling book "Tiger Mom Wars", described in detail the strict education of her two daughters.

She does not allow her children to spend the night at a friend's house, watch TV, or play video games. She thinks that their time should be spent learning, playing the piano, and playing the violin.

Cai Meier asked her daughter to continue her hours of musical practice after completing additional mathematics assignments. Eventually her daughter was excellent in math and music.

Coincidentally, the champion of a mathematics competition in the United States is usually proficient in mathematics and music.

Why do music training and better math skills go hand in hand?

This is actually related to the body.

In fact, the fingers and numbers have the same neural entity in the brain , especially in the ability to participate in the parietal cortex.

Studies have shown that physical connections in music training can help children develop mathematical thinking better ;

Conversely, some people have problems with their ability to process numbers after suddenly losing their ability to move their fingers.

Usually people with flexible fingers are also strong in mathematics. Exercise can help us get all the cognitive resources.

The excitement of runners and the tranquility of yogis have a profound impact on the brain.

In addition, specific sports can clearly change the structure of the brain in a precise way.

So when we read something confusing, or try to find the answer to a puzzle, sedentary may be the worst state.

Try to walk back and forth, or walk in the wild, it is likely to have a different discovery.

You should also often see people in film and television dramas always go back and forth when thinking. Sedentary is no good, exercise.


3 body can also affect social


The body can not only affect our brains, but also affect our social interactions.

Yale University has conducted an experiment in which 40 students were randomly divided into two groups. The first group took hot coffee and the second group took ice coffee, allowing them to evaluate photos of the same person.

As a result, 70% of the first group thought that the people in the photo were warm and friendly, while 80% of the second group thought that the people in the photo were calm and introverted.

This experiment proves that temperature can affect our perception . We can also apply it in real life:

For example, when I first dated a girl, I handed it a cup of hot coffee and handed it to her. If I said a few words, I would get closer to each other.

The body shapes our connection with others.

Just as to a certain extent, loneliness is built on the physiology of cold, social pain is also based on the physiological pain system.

Therefore, when you get along with others, a good and clean environment and a comfortable space may make your feelings warmer .


Now we know that the connection between the mind and the body is not one-way, and the body has a huge impact on the brain.

So we can use our body, movements and surroundings to change our minds and the ideas of the people around us.

I think it would be helpful to learn from school, to be creative at work, or to succeed in the arena and on stage.

We are all pursuing success and influence, and we are also pursuing happiness and health. In this process, an important method that is conducive to achieving these goals may be greatly underestimated, that is:

Know how to use our body.


Reference Books: Sean Bellock's "Cognition"

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