The Power of Positive Thinking
People down in the dumps are often told to “think positive”; that saying maybe more useful than we think. Positive thinking is often thought of as a bit of fluff. The connotation is that it's not as solid as actually doing something. After all, some people say, we can't exactly think things better.
However, recent studies have shown that positive thinking seems to have something solid behind it. To find out how positive thinking could help us, let us see first what thinking negatively does.
The effect of negative thinking
Negative emotions could do a lot of things. Fear, anger, sadness manage to affect us when we do things. Mostly because they let us reflexively react to things. Sometimes, this could be a positive thing, like in life-or-death situations. However, outside of these situations, the responses they encourage could be detrimental to a person.
This is because negative emotions and negative thinking force you to focus on the current situation and narrow people's viewpoints. Focusing on anger can have that anger consume you. Dwelling on your failing can result in a feedback loop that just magnifies that negative emotion.
What positive thinking can do
According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking has the following benefits:
• Lengthens life span
• Lessens depression
• Relieves stress
• Increased physical well-being
So, how does positive thinking manage to improve people's lives? Positive thinking means that you are able to better handle stressful situations. This is because unlike negative thinking, which dwells on the problem, positive thinking enables you to look past the problem, towards solutions and opportunities in the future. This makes you more resilient against problems. Positive thinking also benefits you physically, by improving your immune system and your cardiovascular system.
All in all, it seems that your positive mind can truly win over matter.