The Power of Positive Thinking
Some researchers have said that the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. That is a lot of thoughts! With all of those thoughts running through our brains, it is hard to believe that we can accomplish anything other than thinking! However, we still have responsibilities that we have to take care of each day such as work, families, etc. Have you ever stopped to think that your thoughts can directly affect your life? Each day we have the choice to be optimistic or pessimistic. We have control of our attitudes and the outcomes of our lives. Thinking positively can have a dramatic effect on your life.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
Optimistic Versus PessimisticIncreased life spanLower rates of depressionLower levels of distressImproved coping skillsReduced risk for death from cardiovascular disease
To be optimistic is to have a tendency to look on the more favorable side of things. People who are optimistic tend to cope better with stress, have an easier time achieving a good mood, have many good social relationships, are confident, and are healthier in general. Below are some health benefits of being optimistic:
To be pessimistic is to be negative and expect the worst of every situation. Below are some negative health risks associated with being pessimistic:Poor moodLess social supportProlonged recovery from illnesses and stressLess satisfaction with life
Positive Thoughts Are Contagious
- With positive thoughts and a positive attitude, you and the people around you will experience positive feelings.
- Always expect the best, not the worst. Whether you are preparing for an exam, applying for a promotion, etc., you should always visualize the positive outcome that you are trying to achieve.
- Always surround yourself with positive people. Our attitudes are contagious, whether they are negative or positive. Always try to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts, and never let fear of failure take over.
- Do things that make you happy more often. When you spend time doing things that you like and become a more positive person, activities that were unenjoyable to you previously will be easier to participate in and may even become enjoyable.
- Never tell yourself that you can’t do something. Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to. If there is a will, there is a way. If you truly want something, you will make it happen instead of making excuses for why you can’t do it.
- Smile often. Smiling alone can boost confidence and give you a better outlook on life.
- Stop complaining. It may be easier to complain about a problem than to try to fix it, but in the end, it just spreads negativity and could cause more problems.
- Stop worrying. Worrying has actually been linked to causing physical illnesses such as fatigue, stress, and depression and speeding up the aging process.
It Doesn’t Happen Overnight
If you tend to be pessimistic, you cannot automatically become an optimist overnight. With lots of practice, you will be able to achieve a positive state of mind. Once you have done that, you will have a better outlook on life and be able to handle everyday stress in a far more constructive and healthy way. You may also become less critical of the world around you.
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