The Power Of Positive Thinking
Has complaining, fussing, nagging, and overthinking given us anything more than hypertension, high blood pressure, depression, and sleepless nights? Time for positive thinking then, because research says it makes you healthier, and we think that’s true!Have you ever met a person who refuses to get bogged down by negativity? Who always sees the good in every situation? Annoying, isn’t it? And even more annoying is how they almost always have good health!
But now it seems that there is a lot to be learnt from people like these – optimistic people. An optimist is someone who extracts the positive from all circumstances. Such people count their blessings, are grateful for what they have, and focus on the good, rather than the bad.
What this does is make them more confident, and generally happier people than pessimists. It also gives them better health. Research shows that positive thinking has a direct effect on both mental and physical health.
The health benefits for positive thinkers include:
- Lesser chances of depression
- Better management skills during stressful times
- Better sleep
- Higher confidence and self-esteem
- Increased pain tolerance
- Slower ageing
- Glowing skin
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Better chances of maintaining normal blood pressure
- Better resistance to the common cold
- Increased lifespan
How does happy equal healthy?
Studies show that a positive outlook strengthens the immune system, and helps increase overall happiness and well-being, while also reducing chronic stress.
The popularly accepted notion is that positive people don’t stress themselves with negative thoughts. Since stress is one of the biggest culprits for many diseases, it follows that less stress means a happy and healthy body. It is also believed that positive people generally take better care of their health, such as having a nutritious diet, being more physically active, and not smoking or drinking in excess.
While a better stress management system works wonders for your mental and physical health, it also has other intangible effects, which are as important as the health benefits. Positive people have better marriages, and other relationships; they tend to be more successful in their careers; and they are more resilient than the people who have a negative outlook.
How can I do this?
The things to think about here are – what are our situations, and how do we respond to them? Do we see the silver lining, or does the dark cloud overpower our vision? And if the latter is true, how do we change our viewpoint to the former?
- First and foremost – believe in yourself.
- If a negative situation occurs, don’t take it personally.
- Think about the good things in your life, however minor they seem, and be grateful for them.
- This might be the biggest challenge, but don’t complain.
- And be confident – about yourself, and about the universe – that you will receive success, and abundance.