Benefits of Positive Thinking: Myth or Reality?

IT’S NO SECRET THAT POSITIVE THINKING IS BETTER FOR OVERALL HEALTH. OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE TELLS US. They tell us that our bodies and minds are connected. And that negative thoughts and how you react to life’s ups and downs can impact psychological and physical health. But is there any proof that optimism can influence health?

What is positive thinking?

First, let’s be clear about what positive thinking isn’t: it isn’t being happy all of the time nor forcing yourself to block out adverse events, thoughts, or people in your life. Doing this could hurt your health.

HERE IS WHAT POSITIVE THINKING IS

In short, positive thinking is how you perceive yourself, others, and the world around you.
How you view yourself will colour your world – positively or negatively.

Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Positive Thinking Happy

Seven tips for positivity

Even though we can’t change our personality traits, we can train ourselves to be positive thinkers.
Here are some tips:

When this inner voice is cheerful – it influences our outlook and attitude on life. It can be made up of conscious and subconscious thoughts. If we are aware of negative thoughts, we can change them. We aren’t helpless – we have power over our thoughts. 

We are influenced by the people we are closest to. Positive people inspire and encourage us – and want the best for us. Identify those people in your immediate circle.

Focus on what is happening now. This gives you control over the situation. Past and future situations are out of our control.

With so much negativity and fake news in the media, this can add anxiety to an already bad day. Set limited times for the media.

When we set personal goals that require too much from us – this isn’t realistic and leads to frustration. Take a good look at what is possible for you and fix micro-objectives accordingly. Do the same for the people around you.

Seeing what you have that is positive and being thankful gives you a reason to continue. Successful people have gratitude. Reflect on what that would be for you.

Be kind to yourself.Take care of your health through diet and physical activity. Don’t judge yourself. You are doing the best you can. Say this every time you fail at something.

Integrating these practices in your life takes time. For true change to take place, these points need to be a part of your everyday life.
Being a positive thinker doesn’t mean that you turn a blind eye to reality. Bad things will happen. But positive thinkers accept and adapt themselves. They are resilient. They can face reality as it is without negativity.

Benefits of Positive Thinking: Myth or Reality?

Health benefits

There is no myth – experts agree that there are definite health benefits to seeing the glass half full.
Some findings of a study grouping together 30 years of research linking optimism to
physical well-being.

LINK BETWEEN OPTIMISM AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

All researchers agree that while more study is needed in this field of optimism and its impact on health, having an optimistic outlook on life contributes to good health.

The takeaway is that looking on the brighter side of life does influence both mental and physical health. Practise is needed to integrate positive behaviour into our everyday lives.

Get help digitally

If you are struggling to see the positive things in your life and need help, now digital health tools can help. mynd offers trained coaches and guidance available anytime, anywhere. mynd coaches use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you set micro-objectives – an effective way to make progressive changes. 

You are one free phone call away to integrating the positive in your life.

written by Linda Salamin

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