By Tohan Omorodion
Think positive, live positive
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” -The Laws of Attraction
Changing the way that you think can have a massive impact on your life and cause you to live both healthier and longer. The effects of positive thinking are not only psychological, but also physical! Learning to think positively can also aid in a healthy lifestyle and help you to cope with the stress and trials of life.
“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” -Marcandangel
Decrease Stress, Depression and Anxiety by Thinking Positively
Considering the world we live in today, stress is simply a part of it. Juggling, work, family, relationships, can take a toll on you but positive thinking allows you to realistically evaluate the causes of your stress and to evaluate whether such a high level of stress is valid, or whether your worries are exaggerated by your negative thinking and perceptions. Depression is another part of life that easily be overcome by a positive state of mind. With Depression, conflicts and troubles are often viewed much more harshly than they truly are (the same thing also occurs with anxiety). Making a conscious decision to force yourself to think in a more positive way can help to mitigate depression and lead to a more positive outlook on life.
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” -Mary Lou Retton
Better Cardiovascular Health
Various studies have proven a positive correlation between optimism and increased cardiovascular health. This link may have a lot to do with the reduced stress caused by positive thinking as stress and heart problems are closely correlated. Therefore, thinking positively can reduce your risk of heart disease and consequently lead to a longer, healthier life.
Increased Resistance to Illness
There is an increasing amount of research and study being dedicated to the link between our thoughts and our physical health. The findings of these studies show that there is a positive correlation between positive thinking and better health, including resistance to illnesses.
One possible reason for this connection is the positive benefits of endorphins, the chemicals that are released in response to happiness and therefore are released through positive thinking. Also, people who are optimistic and focus on positive thoughts tend to live much healthier lifestyles overall, which increases their physical health and immunity.
“I negative mind will never give you a positive life.” -Unknown
Increased Coping Skills: As previously mentioned, positive thinking is incredibly effective for reducing depression and anxiety and is actually a coping skill recommended by most mental health professionals. Being able to positively view life and its trials allows you to deal and cope with any problems in an effective manner that reduces the stress and anxiety related to these issues.
Positive thinking also allows you to create different solutions to problems and to focus on the best case scenarios, which will increase your chances of a successful resolution and decrease any negative emotions that are involved with the circumstances, therefore allowing you to cope much more effectively.
Higher Levels of Success: “Do or do not, there is no try.” - Yoda.
If you believe that you will succeed at something, you drastically increase your chances of success. If you think negative thoughts and approach life with a pessimistic attitude, you will ensure your own failure. Positive thinking will equip you with the energy and passion to chase your dreams and to succeed at whatever you attempt.
Increased Satisfaction: Thinking positively about your triumphs in life will increase your satisfaction. Allow yourself a little praise for your own successes and focus on your achievements in order to maximize your satisfaction in life. View your accomplishments, no matter how small, in a positive light in order to increase your satisfaction with your successes and your overall fulfillment in life.
Healthier Relationships: By thinking positively, you will find yourself drawn to more positive, healthy people and therefore will become involved in much healthier relationships and connections. Seek out others who are focusing on living a more positive life and experience the power of shared positivity.
If you surround yourself with others who think positively, you will find positive thinking comes naturally in no time at all and will gain a greater level of happiness and contentment from your relationships. The level of conflict in your interpersonal relationships will be reduced and these people will always aid in your success and optimism instead of bringing you down.
Optimistic Outlook: Focusing on positive thinking will have a massive effect on your entire outlook on life and how you choose to live. By simply changing the way you think about the smaller things, you will find that your overall outlook and way of thinking will become more positive and optimistic and, in no time at all, negativity and pessimism will be a thing of the past.
Positive thinking has such a widespread influence over so many aspects of our lives. By choosing to think positive you will experience so many amazing benefits including decreased stress and anxiety, increased life satisfaction, healthier relationships and so much more! Give it a try, start today!
Have you experienced the amazing effects of positive thinking? Share your experiences in the comments below!