Say Yes To Positivity: How Positive Thinking Affects Health

A few years ago, I remember watching “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey as an office worker who decides to say yes to any request hurled his way. Want to treat your friends to one round of drinks? Yes. Want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet for the first time? Yes. Want to go bungee jumping? Yes!

Although the idea of saying yes to everything might seem stretched, why not channel the benefits of positive thinking instead? The sayings “glass half full” and “every dark cloud has a silver lining” are examples of thinking positive about circumstances no matter how insurmountable they may seem. Psychologists believe that the power of thinking happy thoughts and success amidst the situation can help people live healthier lives.

It may not come natural to some people, but starting a positive outlook on life could reap you the following health benefits:

Lower risk of developing stress-related diseases
A number of studies have revealed that people who focus on the bad side of things tend to experience more stress in their daily lives. Optimists, on the other hand, are more inclined to find a way to solve the problem instead of sulking in misery. As a result, the latter group of people can deal with stress better, resulting to a lower likelihood of getting bodily disorders associated with stress – cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Boost in immunity
Did you know that your emotions are generated not by your heart but by your brain? A study on the effects of positive thinking to brain functioning showed that harboring negative feelings may diminish the body’s defense against the flu virus. Talk about a direct correlation between thinking positive and keeping your body healthy!

Better psychological response to stimulus
Training your mind to think positive thoughts will also lead the rest of your body to react positively. This is particularly true for psychological health, wherein people who believe in the silver lining have the tendency to become stronger and more resilient in the face of a potentially traumatic event. This is again due to the fact that those who practice optimism will look for the solution instead of giving in to the problem.

Optimistic persons are less likely to experience depression and develop better coping mechanisms. A separate study tried to test how exposure to positive and negative emotions will affect their decision making. The results were significantly astounding: The group of people who were shown clips of positive emotions (joy, contentment) was able to enumerate more possibilities to their decision on a particular situation, as compared with the people exposed to fear and anger.

If you are able to train (and convince) your mind to think positive, then you will be on your way to a lifelong path to good health. It’s not too late to start thinking well about your chances for better health and wellness. Take the first step now!

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