“Every cloud has a silver lining.” How do you feel when you read that? Is your mental response something like, “I wish!” or is it “Absolutely!” The answer may reveal whether you are an optimistic or pessimistic person. Does it matter? What is the power of positive thinking? Can it affect your health?
How a Positive Attitude Can Affect Your Health
Research indicates that there is definitely a strong link between positivity and health. An optimistic outlook can provide numerous health benefits:
- increased life expectancy
- lower rates of depression
- increased coping skills during times of stress
- strengthened immunity
- better cardiovascular health
Although the exact reasons are not understood, the power of positive thinking may decrease the negative effects on the body during stress. Optimistic people may also live healthier lifestyles and think about long-term health goals.
What Exactly is Positive Thinking?
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities fo his difficulties.” — Harry Truman
Being optimistic doesn’t mean living in a dream world or never experiencing hard times. Positive thinking means that you approach difficulties in a positive and productive way. You imagine the best possible outcome, not the worst.
A positive attitude involves effort. Most of us are naturally negative. Positivity needs to be cultivated! How?
Steps to Practice the Power of Positive Thinking
Turning negative thoughts into positive ones taking time and practice. Follow through on some of these tips and see if you notice a change:
- Stop and think.
Catch yourself when negative thoughts roll in. Change “This will never work” to “I can do my best to make this work.”
- Laugh and smile.
Force yourself to really smile. Look for the humor especially in difficult situations.
- Be encouraging.
Practice being kind to yourself. “You can do this!” “You may not have done this perfectly, but look at what you accomplished.”
- Find positive people.
Socialize with cheery friends. Those who support and encourage you will reduce your stress and increase your self-esteem.
- Live a healthy lifestyle.
Being healthy is about being happy across all areas of your life and feeling confident in yourself day in, day out! (You might even try refreshing your smile!)
A Happier, Healthier You Is Just Around the Corner
Although it may take some time to change your dominant mental attitude, it’s worth the effort.
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