Cultivating Connections

Our brains are wired with mirror neurons - a type of brain cell that compels us to mirror the behavior of another. When we observe other people’s feelings and behaviors, we often unconsciously mirror and imitate them. 

When someone tells an emotional story and their eyes well up, ours do too. When we go to sporting events and the crowd goes wild, it makes us want to scream and cheer as well. When someone catches our eye and smiles, we instinctively smile back.

Mirror neurons also help us empathize, which creates human connections. Connecting positively with people, even strangers, is important to our health and well-being. When we are connected, we feel a sense of self-worth and belonging.

This week, consciously choose to connect with people more and observe the mirror neurons in action. Small acts, like a simple smile, can cultivate connections and increase your well being and happiness!

Melissa Garson