How Your Brain is Primed by Mood

This is the third of four videos on how to Prime Your Brain to help you achieve your goals. To get the most out of this video, do the exercise on pen and paper or your phone so you have a tool for your success.

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Amiee:           The next thing is, mood! Now, there have been over 200 studies done all around the world—different types of people, different locations, different industries, different age groups, whether they’re toddlers, like Vroman talked about last night, or whether they’re senior citizens—they all said the same thing, because no matter where we are, or how old we are, or what we’re doing for a career, we’re all human. We all have human brains.

What they have found is that, no matter who you are, being primed for good mood…some people call it happiness, but good mood, by the way, is enough. Depending on how you’re looking at what mood versus happiness is, being primed for good mood actually makes your brain function at higher levels.

Like the study of doctors, showed that the doctors primed to be in a good mood, actually came to the correct diagnosis 19% faster and with three times more intelligence than their doctor peers who are not primed for a good mood, who are in neutral moods. They did a study of salespeople, optimistic salespeople outperformed their pessimistic salespeople peers by 56% in sales.

They did a study of students. They actually took a group of students and they had them sit down for a second, and just think about one of the happiest days of their lives, right before starting a standardized math test, and those students outperformed the other students who, of course, were not asked that question…were not primed. By the way, we’re not talking about good mood versus bad mood. It is clear there’s a difference. Your brain, for sure, functions better happy versus angry, but we’re talking happy versus neutral.

Some studies are happy versus bad, but most are happy versus neutral. It doesn’t mean you’re in a bad mood, it just means if you can do small things to prime yourself for a good mood, or a better mood, your brain functions better.

Studies show you have better immune function in your body when you have a good mood. You have better memory, you retain things longer. You have better creativity. You have better problem solving skills. You have better critical thinking skills. You have better energy. There’s so many studies, and all of those things are affected, just by priming yourself for good mood.

The next thing we’re going to do, because I’m trying to give you tools you can take with you (so I hope you’re okay with keeping and doing these little exercises)… The next thing we’re going to do, is I want you to find a place to write down a list. I don’t want you to judge the answers that pop in your head. You’re going to write as many answers as you can think of, big or small. I just want you to write down anything that makes you feel good, so it could be something you’ve accomplished, something that makes you laugh, something that makes you smile, a funny memory, a YouTube video you can watch and laugh at every single time. Whatever it is.

Just write down a list of anything you can think of that makes you feel good about something you did, or it makes you laugh or smile, or whatever. We’ll give you a little bit of music in the background. I’ll probably throw out some brain … What’s it called?

Audience:      Thought joggers

Amiee:           Thought joggers… yes! Thank you! I love you guys. It could help you out. I’ll give you guys probably 30 to 60 seconds to make this list. Things that make you feel good. Okay? Go.

It could be something you did athletically. It could be something you did academically. Did you get into the college of your choice? Did you get really good feedback on a project that you worked on? Did you help somebody in a certain way, and they came back and told you how it affected them? Did somebody give you a compliment one day, where anytime you think about that, it still makes you feel good. You’re like, “Ahh, that was nice.”

Have you done an act of kindness for somebody else that makes you feel good? Was it even one of those days where you remember hanging out with a friend? You didn’t even do anything. You just hung out? You just had a great conversation, you had fun. You have those memories. If your like me, you had hard core crashes once in a while, so many adventures you do. Even though in the moment, it felt really bad, afterwards, you look back at it, and it’s kind of funny. Right? Makes you laugh, and you’re like, “I can’t believe I did that, but I’m so glad I’m still alive afterwards.”

Here are the tools that you have… now you have all the questions you can ask yourself. Now you have this list. Anytime you aren’t feeling at your best, review these lists you just made. Pull out the list, take a picture of it so it’s in your phone, or type it into your phone so it’s always with you. Pull the list out and just review it. I promise it makes a difference. I do this.

There was a time when I was in front of a room full of people, one time, and I was about to lose it, like just start crying. I could barely handle it. People wanted to hug me, and I was like, “Don’t hug me. If you hug me, I’m going to lose it.”

I’m fighting with myself, going, “How do I fix this?” Then, I went, “I know. I love stand up comedy.” I have so many pictures with comedians. I get their autographs and all this stuff, and I put it on my wall. I love comedy. What I did was, I just started thinking about comedy in my brain. I started picturing comedians I’ve seen, and replaying their sets, and it actually started making me feel a lot better. I totally was out of the danger zone of losing it. It was crazy how well it worke. That’s for me. All you’ve got to do is pull out this list and start reviewing it and it will make a difference.


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