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icon_butterfly 5 Reasons Thinking Positively Will Change the Way You Think About Everything

by Riain Hunt

The glass is always half full at Best Ever Me and the latest scientific research is showing us the extraordinary benefits thinking positively can bring to our lives. From stress management to preventing the common cold, our guide to positive self-talk will enhance every aspect of your well being.

Increased life span
Living longer is something we can all be happier about. While researchers are baffled for an actual reason, results indicate a positive correlation between positivity and life span. One notable perk of developing a positive outlook is how it enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

Better & more harmonious relationships
Striving for the positive side of everything in life will allow you to notice other people’s best features rather than their worst. Everyone loves to be around someone who raises their spirits with their positive vibes, become that person!

Greater resistance to the common cold
Positive thoughts have been proven to enhance your immunity. In one study, researchers found that activation in brain areas associated with negative emotions led to a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine.

In another study completed by researcher Segerstrom, he recruited and experimented with 124 college students. He found that when a student displayed optimistic thinking, they also showed greater cell-mediated immunity. A pessimistic outlook, on the other hand, had a negative effect on the response of immune cells.

Better psychological and physical well-being
The top two causes of depression are worry and negative thoughts. Implementing positive thinking into your life will help to overcome these two deadly patterns. Lower rates of depression have been proven to be associated with high levels of optimism.

Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Positive thinking encourages positive people to lead healthier lifestyles. By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviours, they are able to improve their health and well-being.

Heart disease is the number one killer in many countries around the world. The latest research indicates that positivity can reduce the risk of heart disease by 73%. Optimism may cause people to adopt healthier lifestyles, such as following a healthier diet, exercising more, and managing stress, which may account for the huge difference.

Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Viewing the glass as always half-full allows us to see light at the end of any tunnel, no matter how taxing certain times or situations can be. Optimists cope better than pessimists when faced with disappointment, often searching for ways to rectify the situation rather than dwell on it.

Positive thinking forms a mental resilience. Rather than falling apart at the introduction of adversity, optimists have the ability to continue on and eventually overcome.

It’s important to know the benefits of thinking positively, but how can we actually implement a positive mindset?

How to Think Positively

Two of the most common ways to create negativity are taking things out of context and catastrophizing.

Context
It’s often important to note the context of our negativity. Most of us tend to magnify the extent of our problems beyond reasoning. As a general rule of thumb, always remember this: if it won’t matter in a week, forget about it.


Catastrophizing
Do you ever feel like you’re encouraging negative events? What’s most commonly referred to as “the worst-case scenario planning” is something all too many of us suffer from.

Positive Self-Talk
The easiest and most immediate way to begin thinking positively is to start small. Our brain is run by neural pathways that can be re-wired over time. It’s the constant practice of positive self-talk that will help you become more optimistic.

The MayoClinic provided excellent examples of how it’s possible to change negative thinking into positive thinking. This type of daily optimism will help you become more positive:

Negative self-talk vs. Positive thinking


I've never done it before vs. It's an opportunity to learn something new

It's too complicated vs. I'll tackle it from a different angle

I don't have the resources vs. Necessity is the mother of invention

I'm too lazy to get this done vs. I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule, but I can re-examine some priorities

There's no way it will work vs. I can try to make it work

It's too radical a change vs. Let's take a chance

No one bothers to communicate with me vs. I'll see if I can open the channels of communication

I'm not going to get any better at this vs. I'll give it another try.
 
Negativity can paralyze people. Let positive thinking turn any problem into an opportunity for you.

“Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!”

– Mike Dooley

 
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