Rebecca J. Hubbard
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Blog Who You Are Matters

Rebecca J. Hubbard's blog, Who You are Matters, focuses on how people affect each other and how to help children cope with life's challenges.

What We Think, Do and Say Matters

We are all connected- constantly conveying information to each other. Neuroscience has helped us understand the power our brains have not only on ourselves but on others.  Behaviors and thoughts are contagious because our brains are wirelessly connected through a network of mirror neurons. When we think a certain thought our body and our energy changes in response to that thought, and those around us are influenced by it. Think of something gross and non-consciously your body responds. Your nose scrunches up, your lips curl and your muscles tense up. The words we think and say have power that influences us and others.

Scott Achor's research on happiness shows that the lens through which we view the world and others changes us. What we feel, think, and do has an impact because of the mirror neurons in our brains. Negativity, stress, uncertainty spread....so do happiness, joy, and acceptance. Each moment of every day we have the capacity to use our "powers" for good, to make the world a better place, to assume positive intent of those around us, to offer compassion and hope.

Every December and January this message becomes louder and louder in my life. Two people I dearly loved were murdered at this time of year. I can't help but wonder what the world would be like if we practiced growing kindness and understanding for one another.

Rebecca Hubbard