Embracing hope is probably the most important thing we need to maintain a healthy brain and lifestyle.
Here we'll use hope defined as faith combined with optimism. Hope stimulates the decision-making and problem-solving abilities governed by the frontal lobes. It stimulates the immune system, it motivates us to take action, and it turns off the worry centers in our limbic system and right prefrontal cortex. Without hope, we slip into depression and the brain begins to shut down.
When you maintain a positive view about the future, you also stimulate the anterior cingulate, one of the most important structures for controlling your moods and improving social awareness, compassion, and self-love.
Why not commit to exercising your "hope" neurons by spending one minute, each hour, believing that you can overcome the obstacles that lie in your way of achieving your daily goal? Then write down several action-strategies that you know will help you resolve immediate problems, conflicts, and fears.
Excerpt from Abstract: