Sure, Wonder Woman and Superman are pretty incredible, but don’t sell yourself short. We all have incredible untapped powers that are pretty darn super. Here are three truly super powers that lurk within all of our potentials:
The power of Words
Never underestimate the power of words. The words you choose to use can elate or hurt, empower or handicap. Words are incredibly powerful. Sure, there’s the whole sticks and stones nonsense, but words really can cause a lot of hurt. Conversely, words can also spread happiness and joy. Our power of speech and writing is perhaps the greatest superpower any of us have. By acknowledging that and being mindful with our language, we can begin to start fully embracing this oft undervalued power.
The power of Empathy
Being able to understand what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes is no small feat. In fact, not all of us are highly empathetic people. But, for those who are even slightly empathetic, know that this is a powerful sense. You are able to cross bridges to understand and care about those in situations nothing like your own. You are able to exit the bubble of your own personal experience and feel for others. If that doesn’t sound like a superpower, I don’t know what is. Also, let it be known, a study showed that those who read the Harry Potter series are significantly more empathetic than those who did not. Way to spread the magic, J.K. Rowling!
The power of Mind-Body Connection
It is becoming more and more apparent that the mind has tremendous control over the body, and vice versa. An imbalance in your gut microbiome can lead to anxiety and depression. On the other hand, psychological stress can take a tremendous toll on your physical wellness. But, it’s not all doom and gloom. A positive, open mindset can make you healthier and happier, from immune system to hormones to gut health. Simply verbalizing positive thoughts actually boosts serotonin production, a hormone which makes you happy on a physical level. It’s that simple. By utilizing the power that your mind has over your body via mindfulness, positive mantras and an open attitude, you can do a lot to strengthen your physical health.
Sure, it’s easy to envy the heroes and heroines on the big screen, but don’t forget about the work you can do at home to make yourself super. Dig deep into your incredible human superpowers to spread health, love, equality and joy for all. Because with great power comes great responsibility.