Positive Passion

“Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. ”
Claud-Adrian Helvetius

Isn’t it ironic that the word Passion comes from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) which means “to suffer”?  Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something including the emotional extremes of love and hate (Wikipedia).   One neuroscientist noted that while ‘emotions can cause havoc on reasoning, the absence of emotion and feeling is no less damaging’. 

Scientists have studied and shown that your brain is “very happy” when focused on things that generate positive emotions.  Your brain releases all kinds of stress-relieving hormones which positively affect your body and mind.  It should come as no surprise that the opposite of passion or “absence of emotion and feeling” includes unresponsiveness, apathy, insignificance and disinterest. 

In “The Passion Test”, two neuroscientists say that the more you focus on what you truly love and desire, the volume gets turned down on the destructive emotions and helps you think more clearly.  (“The Passion Test” by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood)  So, it is important to keep our brains literally “packed” with positive thoughts.  I know when I’m focused on my positive passions and doing what I truly enjoy, I am energized and want to keep moving forward.

How about you?  How are you keeping your brain “packed” with passion?

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