Did you know that researchers have found that positive thinking and optimism contribute to better health and happier individuals? Positive thinking involves optimism, hopefulness, thankfulness, enthusiasm, accepting the past, appreciating and accepting yourself. It’s a sad fact that so many folks suffer with this lack of positivity in their lives. When I was in university I had to read a book called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This book is about the secret to happiness. It teaches you step by step how to practice positive thinking and optimism. It actually helps you to eliminate negativity and focus on all the good things in live, but you have to want to make a change and be happy first. Positive thinking involves always strive to become the best that you can. People who think positively are happier, healthier and more successful than others. The power of positive thinking will bring you positive things in your life. People who think positively spread positivism all around, they are likable and comfortable to be around.
The Power of a Positive Attitude will lead to:
- Lower stress level – you will become more relaxed by eliminating negative self-talk and negative thoughts.
- Greater resistance to illness – your mind can have a powerful effect on your body. Researches have found that people who think positively have stronger immune-system than those who tend to think negatively.
- A sense of well-being and improved health – By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, they are able to improve their health and well-being.
- Better health – researches have found that just as negative emotions, also known as “toxic stress”, harm the body, positive emotions encourages healing. The connection between mind and body wellness is a powerful thing.
- Reduced risk of coronary artery disease – a study done in 2007 which more than 6,000 men and women, aged 25 to 74, participated in and were followed for 20 years. The findings show that positive thinking such as enthusiasm, optimism, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance— reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable.
- Better coping skills –people who use positive coping strategies are better at tackling problems and challenges.
- Better confidence – one form of building confidence through positive thinking is self-talk. Praise yourself for a job well done. Positive affirmations can lead to a better self-image.
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- The Power of Positive Psychology (everydayhealth.com)