Well Life Presentation — Positive Thinking and Positive Talk

After Stroke Well Life -- Positive Talk

Can the way that you think about things in life cause changes in the brain?

Thinking Changes the Brain

The way that you think and the way you view things in your life has the power to change the physical makeup of your brain. Your brain connections are re-wired simply by the way in which you think about things.


Neuroplasticity, also known as neural plasticity, or brain plasticity, is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. It is when the brain is rewired to function in some way that differs from how it previously functioned.

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking impacts mood and body functions, such as sleep and digestion. Positive thinking also improves your brain’s ability to solve problems, make decisions, improves attention and focus, and allows you to be more creative.

Positive Thinking

One study also found an association between positive emotions and functional status following a stroke. Thinking either way, positive or negative, is contagious to those around you.

Can the way you talk change your brain?

Talking Changes the Brain

The way that you talk about yourself, about others, and about life, has the power to impact the physical layout and connections in your brain. You have the control to change the way your brain is wired, by changing the way you think.


Hemiplegia is defined as muscle weakness or partial paralysis on one side of the body that can affect the arms, legs, and facial muscles.

How do you refer to your “affected side?”

The way that you are thinking and talking about your body matters. You are wiring your brain with positive or negative connections depending on how you speak about your body to yourself and others.

Try Saying…

Try referring to your affected side, or other body area impacted by your stroke, as “strong,” “figuring it out,” “working hard,” “recovering,” “trying,” or “persevering.” Think of other positive ways that you can refer to your body after a stroke.

A Challenge for You

Try to go one whole day without talking negatively about your body. If you think something negative, catch yourself and change your mindset! If you start this pattern now, you can re-wire your brain to think more positively!