|Did you know that JOY is essential for high Cognitive Performance? |
As we head into Fall’s busy season, we can become overburdened with new and unexpected responsibilities and tasks, increasing our stress levels and decreasing our moments of joy. This subsequent lack of joyful feelings not only impacts our satisfaction, but our interactions with others and overall thinking processes.
Our mental clarity and decision-making can also be dampened by seasonal stress. When we curate more joyful feelings, we suffer less and feel more alive to take on whatever comes our way – simple or difficult, planned or unplanned.
Without anticipation of joy, our “happy” hormone levels can decrease. In doing so, we can naturally experience an absence of pleasure and thus, increase the possibility of experiencing unpleasant feelings such as pain, anxiety, disgust, shame, and fear.
Brain Chemistry Plays a Part
|One hormone that helps us to increase pleasant feelings is serotonin. Serotonin has been shown to stimulate areas of the brain that trigger increased sensations of joy. Serotonin also plays an important role in sleep. Good sleep is essential for lowering stress levels and better health. |
The neuroscience of joy teaches us that we can develop more positive perceptions of the world around us through positive cognition behavior methods. Including joyful cognitive performance techniques to boost the serotonin levels in your brain are important, especially when we are in states of stress.
|Daytime Pleasure Booster|
Stand up straight right now, take 3 breaths and stretch. Then, calmly walk to an area where you can place yourself by sunlight. Embrace any pleasurable feelings triggered by the warmth and light of sun’s rays. Smile and savor how good you feel in this moment and breath. When you are ready, take the joy of this moment with you as you move forward throughout the day.
Nighttime Pleasure Booster
Take 3 deep breaths and gently stretch. Notice any good feelings that arise as you do so. If you are in bed, note the pleasure of the warmth of your blanket. Or, if you are sitting in comfortable chair, take a moment to notice how secure you feel sitting in this familiar place. Embrace how calm you may feel and take 1 to 3 minutes to allow yourself to feel joyful.
It is important to remember that bringing joy into your life is not frivolous, it does not negate hard work or accomplishments. Even the most revolutionary, hardworking people recognize that play is an essential part of life.
You don’t have to make major changes to experience more joy at work and in your personal life. As a Cognitive Performance coach, I can teach you vital brain-based strategies to gain greater clarity, allowing you to dramatically improve your life and work environment.
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