The Body Leads The Mind

Your mind controls your body. When you are happy, you smile. When you are sad, you pout. When you are confident, you throw back your shoulders and hold your head high. None of this is news.

What may be news, however, is that as much as your mind controls your body, your body can control your mind. How so, you ask.

Try this exercise … Sit in a chair, slouch your shoulders, and hang your head. Holding that position, try to be happy. Try to smile. Try to think happy thoughts. It’s tough. You can do it for a moment, but you simply cannot be happy for an extended period sitting in that position.

Now try this … Stand up, clench your fists, and hold them over your head in celebration. Holding that position, try to be depressed. Try to pout. Try to feel sorry for yourself. Near impossible, huh? Again, you can push forth a depressing thought, but you cannot hold it.
You see, your body and mind are hard wired, in a sense, to work together. Years of evolution and development has conditioned your body to mimic thoughts in your mind (happy = smile). That same shaping, has conditioned your mind to follow what your body is doing.

What this empowers you to do is control your mood. If you want feelings of happiness, force a smile. Your mind will follow suit, pumping out powerful mood enhancing hormones. If you want to be confident but not quite sure of the situation, no problem. Stand up, throw back your shoulders, and push out that chest. Your mind will take that cue and fill you with confidence.

Yes, your mind your body, but your body also has control of your mind, in particular your attitude and mood. So, act out how you want to feel, and soon you will start to feel the way you are acting.

 

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