Words are so powerful. They hurt you, heal you, teach you, inspire you, confuse you, and build you up. The way you verbally express yourself to others shapes your relationships, and the way you talk to yourself influences everything you do. I’m a quote hoarder, so I’m always saving/screenshotting stuff like this I find on the internet that pertains to certain situations I’m dealing with at the time.
Tonight I started thinking about WHY so many of us love reading these little motivational/positive quotes.. I found that there’s actually scientific answers behind it all (found in this huffington post article):
- Recent studies on learning show that when you incorporate visuals (like graphic quotes) into your learning process, you may be able to better “record” a message into your permanent memory bank.
- MRIs of the brain show that every time a person thinks angry thoughts or imagines worst-case scenarios, they literally send a surge of blood flowing into brain regions associated with depression and anger— thereby refueling depression and anger.
- MRI’s have also shown that when a person starts to think happy thoughts, they can send a surge of blood flowing into brain regions associated with happiness — thereby literally refueling your positivity.
- When you put words within pictures, your brain immediately perks up in an effort to make sense of how/why these words relate to the picture — thereby stimulating more neuron activity. The more neurons you have firing up, the greater the chance that your brain is paying attention and recording what it is perceiving.
- Also – in today’s super busy coffee-addicted, social media obsessed world, it’s hard to find time to read an inspirational self help-book — but you can always find time to read an inspirational quote.
Just thought this was interesting and wanted to share! A few of my favorite recent screenshots:
And while we’re on the subject of influential words, I’ve talked about it before, but ‘Take My Heart, Oh God‘ by Sarah Young is my favorite devotional that I’ve read and re-read so many times over the last few years. If you’re looking for a new one, this is the best one I’ve come across. Thanks for stopping by tonight to read this! I’d love if you left a comment on this Instagram post to let me know you were here 🙂 happy Sunday!