Benefits of Optimism
Thinking about what you want to achieve in life is more accessible when you have a positive attitude. Various psychological tests have shown that people with a positive attitude have shown that their attitudes will help them achieve a better than average life. Optimists have a different way of solving problems and dealing with the world in a way that seems to set them apart from the average person, thus being successful in reaching their goals.
One thing the optimist does is keep their minds on exactly what they want to achieve, and they look for various ways to meet this goal. In addition, they are confident they will reach their goals. Furthermore, they look for the good in any situation, which is obviously difficult at times. When problems arise they tend to look for a positive aspect and a way to solve their problems.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
— Helen Keller
How to Stay Positive
One aspect is that your mind only focuses on one thought at a time, so if you leverage a simple concept, you need to focus on a thought that is uplifting. This will actually use the neural pathway that is created when you establish a new habit. The quality of your life overall is always determined by the way you feel from one minute to the next, so one way to keep everything positive is to use positive affirmations. Psychological positive thinking techniques can help you talk and think about what you want to achieve, and it will keep your mind off of anything that is negative or something that you fear.
If something negative occurs, think “what can I learn from this experience?” Even the words you use to describe an event in your life impacts how you feel. It is so easy to be cheerful when everything is going your way, but we all have times that are difficult, so it comes down to how you want to handle the negative events.
It is possible for your brain to operate in a free-flowing type of feel-good way with positive endorphins, which are feel-good hormones. They make you feel happier and calmer. You will experience a major confidence boost, which will give you confidence and the ability to take on new challenges.
Does Positive Thinking Affect Your Health?
According to numerous medical studies, there is a very strong link between thinking positively and having good health. Studies have also shown that a positive attitude will improve outcomes and in addition, life satisfaction. Other studies have proved that a positive attitude even with medical problems, such as, stroke, traumatic brain injury or brain tumors will improve with a positive attitude.
The University of Kansas study concluded that even fake smiling reduces the heart rate and the blood pressure in stressful circumstances. When you are stuck in traffic or standing in a line try to think of a funny video you have seen, or anything else that makes you feel better.
What Does Negative Thinking Do?
A huge study using the death certificates and medical records of 30,000 Chinese-Americans as compared to 400,000 white people were randomly compared. This study revealed the power of negative thinking. They discovered the Chinese-Americans died approximately five years earlier than the white people when they had a combination of disease and a birth year that was considered ill fated by Chinese medicine based on Chinese astrology. This was especially true when the Chinese felt strongly about the Chinese astrology.
The research looked at genetic risk factors, behavior of the patient, the skill of their doctors, the behavior of the patients and other variables, which did not explain them dying at an earlier age. When someone believes the stars hex them, they will die younger.
Another medical study revealed that 79% of medical students report disease symptoms, which were reflective of the illnesses they were studying. Some people believe they will die younger if they think their family members all get cancer or maybe all of the men died young due to a heart attacks. If you focus on the many ways your body can break down, it will ultimately harm you.
Physiological Effects in the Brain
Positive thinking will stimulate the growth of nerve connections, and it will improve your ability to think and analyze situations. It also improves cognition function, while increasing your metal productivity. It will increase attentiveness and in addition, it will increase more positive thoughts.
Several studies have shown that positive thoughts can improve fitness, strength and vision. The quickly growing field of epigenetics has shown that everyone is a product of the things that have happened in their lives, which can change the way the genes function. Genes can be switched off and on based on life experiences, and the genes actually form a feedback loop.
Positive thinking reduces cortisol and increases serotonin, while negative thinking increases cortisol. Negative thinking may also cause poor sleep and cause physical health problems.
Ways to Enhance Positive Thinking
There are several ways to have a more positive attitude, such as:
- Surrounding yourself with positive people
- Use positive music, books, podcasts or books to lift your spirits
- Be nice and smile at people even when you do not feel like it, people will smile back
- Try using positive affirmations
- Focus on the present; do not dwell on problems of the past
- Have a morning routine, because it can set the tone for the balance of the day
- Love yourself, and do not solely rely on others to feel okay about yourself
- Meditation is very helpful to create positive feelings
- Writing about positive experiences has been shown to increase happiness
The evidence seems to be clear that positive thinking will lead to a healthier body and an improved ability to reach your goals. In contrast, negative thinkers pay a price of good health and frustration quite often. At times it is difficult to not let fear rule our bodies, but trying to look for solutions is clearly a healthier lifestyle.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Pamela Oglesby