Daily Archives: March 3, 2011

Thoughts / Emotions–Chicken Or Egg?

From the book I referred to a few weeks ago, Younger Next Year For Women, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., recently I read a most fascinating section on how important our thoughts and emotions are to creating the life we have.

All of this ties into what I’ve believed for a long time.  Our thoughts are really important to the quality of our life.  However, these guys mention the importance of our emotions in all of this as well.  In fact, they believe that our emotions take the lead and the thoughts follow.  As they say, ‘Maybe it should be the other way around, but it isn’t’.  Actually, this information is in the chapter written by Harry, the doctor (author), so this is scientific fact stuff.

He indicates that:

Emotion precedes thoughts at the neural level.  So a positive emotion will tend to generate a positive thought in response.  And because it’s an ongoing dance, having a positive thought will loop back through the limbic (part of the brain) system to generate a positive feeling.

The same loop works for negative thoughts and feelings, and research has shown that we have a remarkable ability to think and feel our way into happier or more depressed states, regardless of external reality, and you can train yourself to live in either an optimistic or a pessimistic frame of mind regardless of your external circumstances.

How you view your life has a surprisingly large role in determining how your life goes, so there is a real premium on having positive emotions.  The good news is that you can create positive emotions by consciously creating positive environments.

By the way, not sure if you remember that these authors also wrote the book, Younger Next Year, which came out first and is mostly geared to men.  I’ll check with my husband to see if this information is in that book too, but I’m sure it is, since this is information is gender-neutral.  Wouldn’t you agree?

So how about you?  How are your thoughts and emotions?  After all, thoughts are things… choose the good ones.