Smiley Future

Smiley Future – Step 17

Today’s step is a bit long but it is SO important in everyday life ⚠️
How big impact does stress have on willpower? In order to answer that question I’ll tell you about „fight 👊 or flight ✈ response”. It is a physiological reaction when seeing danger that’s been protectin people for centuries from deadly threats.
How does it work? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Let’s say you’ve noticed a venomous snake on your path. A part of your brain called amygdala reacts instantly and it prepares your body to fight or run away. The secretion of stress hormones increases, liver releases fats and sugars giving organism energy, lungs start to work faster to oxygenate body, the blood circulation accelerates (that’s why heart start to beat so fast!) to deliver needed substances to all cells. Basically whole organism is mobilizing for you to have best shot to survive 💪. In order not to delay your reactions the activity of the prefrontal cortex, so the part of your brain that is responsible for controlling impuleses, decreases ⬇️
What does it mean? Stress physically decreases your ability to self-control ⚠️
Brain still works in the same way as if you were standing in front of a venomous snake and it starts fight or flight reaction. E.g. when you see an annoying e-mail from your boss 😉. That’s why it is so important to learn to deal with stress!
Task for today divides into 3 parts:
1. Try relaxation. Lie down or sit down in a comfortable position 🧘🏼‍♀️, close your eyes, take deep breath and let your body loose muscle by muscle 🙏.
2. Answer those questions:
· What do you think about stress and its affect on your life?
· How do you rate your stress level?
· Do  you think of the stress that you experience as bad stress 👎or good stress 👍?
3. Watch short Ted talk with Kelly McGonigal „How to make stress your friend” – so good! 😍
Next week: Improve your willpower by breathing :::
Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

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Genesis of evil

I’ve been watching „Maleficent” recently (you know the movie? 🎬) and a thougth occured to me – are people originally good 😇or bad 😈? Or maybe neutral? When a person is born is he/she good and then becomes bad? Or is it bad straight away because of its fate or origin? 🤷🏼‍♀️
In the movie „Maleficent” (I know it’s a movie but still…got me thinking 🤷🏼‍♀️) it is shown that the fae played by Angelina Jolie was good and of pure heart ❤until she had that heart broken and been betrayed 💔. Kind of same story with „Joker” (have you seen it? Sooo good! 😍) – Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix) was a normal guy, bit of introvert but of good heart, he took care of his mother and wanted to become a famous comedian. But then it all changed. He had his heart broken by all this evil in the world and became Joker, a villain. 😈
I think we are all good in the beginning but sometimes things go wrong and people become cynical, they don’t trust people and in the end they become bad 😞. There are so many stories and examples of e.g. rapers who do what they do because they’ve been hurt in their childhood 💔. Evil experiences/memories bring evil actions 😩.
But we must not let it ❗. We need to fight with evil 👊. And whenever something bad happens, we need to stay good 🙏. As the Bible says: “Do Not Be Overcome by Evil, but Overcome Evil With Good.” 🤗
When something bad happens do not look for vengeance 🚫. Stay good, be good. This is the only way to fight evil. 👊
When our mayor Paweł Adamowicz was killed last year 💔 this is what his wife kept telling us, this is what our whole city kept repeating – to fight evil with good, to stay united 🤝.
And that is the best way to do, believe me.
Just be good. 🙏
I believe there are more good people than bad ones in this world and we need to keep it this way 🙏