Ask Dr. Joy Miller: Food for thought

By WEEK Producer

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Thoughts: We all have them, but how do our thoughts affect our daily life?

Do your thoughts bring a balance and harmony to your day or do they create a fearful chaotic world that produces anxiety?

Tonight, we will explore the power of thoughts and learn some techniques to enhance your happiness.

What do we know about the quantity of our thoughts?Scientists believe we have 60,000 thoughts a day, which is one thought per second in our waking hours.

Ninety-five percent of those thoughts are repetitive and 80 percent of repetitive thoughts are negative.

National Institute of Health measured the flow of blood to the brain and found that positive thoughts create calming and tranquil message that benefits the brain.

Negative thoughts stimulate areas of the brain that produce anxiety and depression.

Poison vs. Medicine: Negative thoughts are like poison and positive thoughts are like medicine.

How can we change our thoughts to create new positive ones?

* Reality check: Remember that all of your thoughts aren't always true.

* Don't believe everything you think: Be willing to question your thoughts and ask if this is really true or just an intuition or fear.

* Focus on gratitude and try to be grateful for the positives you have (your family, your job that supports you, a nice place to live, a beautiful day, good friends, etc). Grateful people are happier people.

* Be optimistic: You do have a choice. Choose to look for the best in any situation.

* Be a solution person: Negative people choose to stay trapped in their fears and victim thinking. Positive happy people believe they can create changes either in doing something, or changing the way they view a situation.

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