We all know that maintaining positivity is a good thing, impacting your mindset and the way you project yourself to others. While it may be apparent that having a positive outlook on life is one of the keys to happiness, it is also a stepping stone to great physical health. Positive thinking often takes the form of self-talk, where you think positive affirmations about yourself to keep it flowing circularly throughout your brain; this positivity in regard to yourself often overflows to many other aspects of your life, including the things you do, the people you interact with, and the situations with which you are presented. Going through life wearing rose-colored glasses can do more than just benefit your mind—the perks can carry over into many areas of your overall health and wellness.
1. It can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
According to a study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin
, there is a correlation between happy, optimistic people and a reduced risk for heart disease and stroke. This study illustrates how happy, optimistic people eat healthier and exercise regularly, both of which contribute to better overall health. Having a positive mindset yields better results health-wise than it does if you have a negative outlook.
2. It can boost your immunity.
When you're apt to viewing the sunny side of every situation, it's possible you're helping your immune system to function optimally and even increasing your body's ability to fight illnesses. According to research by Segerstrom and Sephton
, there is a connection between maintaining a positive mindset and having a stronger immune response. This can give you the upper hand in your ability to fight colds, the flu and other ailments.
3. It can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Having a positive attitude can do more than just keep you in a good mood; thinking positively can have an effect on lowering your stress
levels, and it can also keep you from negatively reacting to situations that might normally cause stress. Optimists aren't as affected by negative situations because they don't view them as being impossible to overcome, but rather believe in themselves and their ability to make it past these minor hurdles. Positive thinkers tend to not stress as much over minor setbacks, but see them as a part of life that will end up benefiting them in the future by helping them to become stronger.
4. It can increase your life span.
Thinking negatively and worrying both play a part in causing stress, which can increase your risk of early death. By having a glass-half-full mindset, you reduce your risk of stress and anxiety and contribute to living a longer, healthier life. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of the American Heart Association
, in which 697 patients were studied in a Denmark hospital, illustrated that the patients who had an optimistic outlook were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years longer than patients who had negative mindsets.
5. It can lower your risk for depression.
Thinking good thoughts about yourself and your life in general can help steer you away from depression. Researchers at Stanford conducted a study
that illustrated how girls were able to lower their own stress response by thinking positive thoughts after being presented with upsetting images. The study states that those who are depressed or at risk of becoming depressed display in their brains an overreaction to negative experiences, and this includes physical symptoms like increased heart rate, blood pressure
and other indicators of stress. Therefore, the study concluded that thinking about positive things was able to reduce the girls' intense stress response, which is a hallmark of depression
If your perspective on life isn't as optimistic as you'd like it to be, there are ways you can change it from cloudy to filled with sunshine. Maintaining positivity through self-talk is one method that is probably the most worthwhile. By repeating positive affirmations to yourself, you build up your self-esteem and when you feel better about yourself, this positivity often extends into various facets of your life. In addition, it's important to surround yourself with positive people and take time to enjoy activities that make you smile or laugh. Doing kind things for others is a great way to cultivate positivity and optimism. To help yourself achieve a more positive mindset, supplemental options like St. John's Wort
, 5-HTP and ginseng
can contribute mood-boosting properties. When you have a positive outlook, your optimism can spread to others and help them to reap the benefits of viewing life through rose-colored glasses as well.
If you suffer from suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety or any other type of mental condition, please seek medical help immediately.
About The AuthorMonica Levin, RHN is a Life Coach and has been a Registered Holistic Nutritionist for over 20 years with a degree from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Ms. Levin is also a Certified Body Language Trainer, Ordained Minister and Appreciation in the Workplace Facilitator who is an in-demand Corporate Speaker on health and wellness at events all over the USA and Canada.
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