Do you believe that your thoughts can affect your physical and mental health? Before I continue, I would like to ask you to self-reflect on how you see yourself. Are you a positive person, or do you tend to think negatively when you are facing problems?
The power of positive thinking can tremendously impact your mental and physical health. Practicing positive thinking or have an optimistic attitude is the emotional art of focusing on the good in any given situation.
A study conducted by Dr. Lisa R.Yanek, M.P.H., and her team proved that “People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.”
Does that mean you have to take situations lightly? Absolutely not! You don’t need to live in a world of rainbows and unicorns to think positive. It simply means that you approach the situations aiming for a positive outcome. Your thoughts affect your actions. Reframing your mindset is key to positivity.
People with a positive outlook may be more likely to live a healthy lifestyle since they have a more optimistic view of the future. Some of the mental and physical benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Lowering the chances of having a heart attack.
- A better overall physical health.
- Better resistance to illness such as the common cold.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Greater stress management.
- More tolerance to pain.
- Longer life span.
- More creativity.
- Better problem-solving skills.
- Clear thinking mindset.
- Better mood.
- Better coping skills.
- Less depression.
How to Practice Positive Thinking?
Want to practice more positive thinking and gratitude in your life? You can do it by changing your mindset, training it to overcome the negative thoughts, and focus on the positive outcome.
Researchers at the University of Kansas published findings that “smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress and lower heart rate in tense situations”; another study linked smiling to lower blood pressure, while yet another suggests that smiling leads to longevity.
Reframe your mind and prepare yourself to adapt and face stressful situations. You may not be able to avoid problems, but you can choose how you want to face them.
Accept Changes and Take Actions
Accept that change is part of our lives, and it is ok. Take action in your life to make the best of any situation. Do not sit and wait.
Stop with the blame or shame game. Stop trying to find someone to blame and take responsibility for yourself. Manage what you can control and forget what is out of your control.
The Bottom Line
The equation is simple: have a positive mind to live a positive life. Positive thinking is powerful and can be a life-changing factor between living an ordinary or an extraordinary life.
Written with the 2021 Olympics and Post Covid-19 in mind, Eric Bailey does share not only his personal stories but also his strategies and tools to help us all thrive in our lives, Going for Gold. Click on the link for your playbook to win the Gold…And Live Yout Personal Best.