The Power Of Positive Thinking, rubbish right? Wrong. Keeping a positive outlook on life has been proven to help you not only mentally, but physically as well. Everyone has heard the old saying “Is the glass half empty or half full?”
We all know people who are always negative and people who are always positive. Generally it is the people that are always positive that we would much rather be around, the negative people tend to be “downers” or “bring you down”.
There is something to this if you take time to stop and think. Whether you look on the bright side or not can have great effects on your outlook on life, your physical health, and your view of yourself.
True Power of Positive Thinking
Positive thinking or being optimistic generally has the effect of managing your stress levels, and lower stress levels are associated with many health benefits. If you are a typically negative person, or find yourself having negative thoughts do not fret, here is your first chance to change your outlook.
Some simple things that you can do to change this are not to ignore the situations that are bad but to approach them in a different way. Instead of focusing on the fact that your tire blew, focus on the fact that your brother the mechanic was with you when it happened for example.
Positive Thinking is really just that, and that little voice inside your head that speaks all the time is the one that needs to change. When a negative thought arises, acknowledge it and dismiss it, opting instead for an idea more aligned with a more positive outcome. Some of the health benefits associated with a positive outlook on life due to positive thinking include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It is thought that people experiences because of their ability to better handle stressful situations, and those with a positive outlook tend to lead healthier lives instead of practicing poor habits when it comes to food and alcohol. So start taking the steps to improve your outlook on life today.
It is never too late to switch train yourself to engage in having positive thoughts as opposed to negative thinking.