Positive Thinkers Live Better
Thinking positively has little to do with burying your head in the sand and ignoring the unfortunate aspects of life. Instead, it means that you can approach the unpleasant situations in your life in a more productive way. Positive thinking means that you can anticipate having a good outcome, instead of fixating on the outcome being negative. It means looking for solutions rather than staying focused on the problem.
For example, instead of thinking to yourself that no one is communicating with you, you tell yourself that you will start the conversation with others, and you do it. You can also say that you are there to observe the situation and no one communicating with you is simply allowing you time to asses so that you may find the perfect time to chime in. Thinking positive benefits your life in a multitude of ways.
Below is a list of five ways thinking positively can help you revolutionize your quality of life.
Positive Thinkers Are Healthier – Not only do those who think positively feel healthier but research as shown that they are healthier. A recent Harvard School of Public Health study has found that positive thinking, such as self-acceptance and positive relations with others, is linked to improved heart health. Another study also shows that when a first-year law students were more optimistic, they could fight off infection more efficiently and could took fewer sick days as a result.
Positive Thinkers See Failures as A Fresh Start – A positive thinker knows that failure is not the end, it is the beginning of something great. When we are stuck in a negative thinking cycle, we are going to fixate on negative possibilities and be trapped by cycle of failure that we are creating in our minds. On the other hand, a positive thinker is willing to consider the future and is open to new ideas, new experiences, and new possibilities, and is also going to be prepared to move toward those ideas expecting to experience great things.
Positive Thinkers Don’t Freak Out Over The Small Stuff – It has been shown that those who think positively produce less cortisol. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and when you produce less of this hormone, your body doesn’t react as strongly to stressful situations, by nature, being able to think positively means that you are less likely to be stressed out over things that would stress out a negative thinker.
Positive Thinkers Get More Job Offers – A study conducted by Duke University examined a group of MBA graduates entering the workforce, half of the subjects had a positive outlook and believed that their success was inevitable, and the rest of the subjects were much less hopeful and optimistic. Researchers concluded that the positive group were not only hired more often, but also enjoyed more job satisfaction, had higher salaries and were also promoted more frequently than the negative thinkers were.
Positive Thinkers Are Better Athletes – There is no proof that a positive thinker has more muscle mass or a greater athletic ability than a pessimist does, however having a more optimistic outlook and using negative criticism to motivate action seems to help athletes excel. A study that examined the effect of optimism and pessimism on swimmers, found that when they gave swimmers a false time after being instructed to swim their hardest by adding several seconds onto their time (making them believe they swam slower than they actually had). The ones who were positive thinkers used the negative feedback as motivation to get an even faster time on their next swim, while those who thought negatively performed worse than their original real time.
Does this mean that if you aren’t an optimist, you are sentenced to a life riddled with poor health, no promotions, and an unhappy relationship? No, optimism is a way of thinking that can be learned, which means that you too can reap the benefits of positive thinking, all you need to do is make a conscious effort to revolutionize the way you think.