Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy, Even When Your Not: Let's Use A Little Neuroscience!

I am obsessed with neuroscience. I have studied it as much as books allow and use it often for self change.

The saying "fake it til you make it" actually has some scientific merit. When life is going down and you don't know how to handle it freaking out doesn't help, at all. Instead, try being happy, even when you are definitely not. How is that possible Jeff? Well, I wasn't sure myself until I read a book "Flirting 101" by Michelle Lia Lewis and Andrew Bryant. They said that to get your best smile to think about a special friend coming to see you for the first time in a long time, how would you react to them as they were walking toward you? 

For me, it was my first real boy crush. His name was John. We were best friends. If I seen that 5' 11", ruddy man walking towards me I'd probably lose my friggin cookies folks. When I think about him I just smile.

Neurologically, when you smile there is an actual chemical reaction that engages your brain to begin sending signals to your body to adjust your hormone levels. This is important because it is your hormone levels that are largely responsible for emotions. So, think about someone amazing and smile sweetie. 

With Love

1 comment:

  1. Hello Jeff,

    I became aware of your blog from the letter you wrote to Books to Prisoners. I must say your letter was very entertaining and I loved your use of the many colored gel pens. I jotted down the URL for your blog and have been reading through it at home. I have to say you have an intriguing insight into the world and the LGBTQ community's place within it. I just wanted to say hello and let you know that though not everyone outside your prison walls cares to hear what you are saying, there are still people who do.

    I am currently taking Sociology 150: the study of social inequality at my local community college and I told my class and teacher about my experience with you letter and blog. I also provided them all with the URL to your blog and it is now posted on our class webpage for all to view. It may not be much, but I hope that I helped (even if a little bit) to get your voice more recognized outside those prison walls in order to support our community.

    Please keep fighting for the LGBTQ community inside and outside of prison. I really do believe that you can make a difference someday.

    With Love,
    - V


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