Positive thinking can transform your mental life, boosting your daily happiness levels and expediting your path to success. However, the benefits of a more positive outlook can also extend to your physical health in some interesting and surprising ways.
Of course, there may be some days where you find that positive thinking isn't as easy as it seems.
However, as long as you don't let negativity control your day, there should always be a way to start to think positively again.
Positive thinking can help improve many different aspects of your life, as well as your physical health. Although it can be hard to stay positive all of the time, trying to look at the positives even when you are faced with negative situations is a great achievement.
There might be some days where you are not as positive as you would like to be…
However, try not to dwell on the times where you may be negative. Instead, focus on the times that you are positive.
I hope these positive thinking exercises can help you to begin your journey to living a positive life.
Studies on positive thinkers strongly suggest that these people are better at coping with stress. Similarly, they are more likely to spend time focusing on constructive solutions to problems.
Cardiovascular tests on optimists and pessimists show that optimistic people's bodies return to a relaxed state (including a normal resting heart rate) at a much faster pace. This ability to handle stress could lead to significant health benefits.
For one thing, high-stress levels are known to increase blood pressure and are related to an increased risk of health problems like diabetes and dementia.
Fascinating research on the connections between physical and mental health supports the (initially perplexing) claim that positive thinking can boost resistance to disease.
For example, one study found that activity in parts of the brain that are linked to experiencing negative emotions such as fear and sadness are correlated with a weaker immune system response to vaccines.
Meanwhile, positive thinkers who are optimistic about their dreams and goals test as having a stronger immune response.
Further studies also suggest that people with upbeat attitudes catch fewer cold and flu viruses.
Plus, patients who are diagnosed with potentially terminal illnesses tend to experience more consistent and significant improvements after receiving treatments.
Some of the health benefits of positive thinking seem to be related to the fact that positive thinkers are keener to eat healthy foods, engage in regular exercise, and practice forms of preventative healthcare.
For example, the recent medical journal article that documented the link between optimism and higher levels of good cholesterol may be explained by this interest in healthy living.
A similar hypothesis could be applied to the fact that positive thinkers suffer from fewer heart attacks. They are approximately 9% less likely to have a stroke.
However, there is as yet no consensus on whether positive thinking directly influences health or does so via first influencing lifestyle. Therefore, research into the direction of causation is ongoing.
Finally, given the above, it makes sense that positive thinkers seem to have a better life expectancy. One remarkable study of over 600 hospital patients in Denmark found that the people with the most positive moods were close to 60% more likely to live for at least five more years.
This result may be partly connected to some of the benefits we have just explored. However, it is highly likely that there are many other undiscovered links between positive thinking and physical wellbeing. One thing is clear:
By focusing on the good in life and making it your mission to take a constructive approach to problems, you set yourself up for a happier, longer life.
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The Law of Attraction can help you to start thinking and manifesting your goals and dream life into a reality.
However, when you use the Law of Attraction, it is much more beneficial if you can stay positive and try to let go of the negativity that may be holding you back.
If you can start to use the Law of Attraction in your life effectively, you should also see that it can become easier to stay positive about yourself and your future.
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