Benefits of Positive Thinking
Even if you don’t naturally think positively, there are many good reasons to start thinking positively and avoiding negative self-talk.Relief from Stress Positive people are better at coping with stressful situations than pessimists. They will devise a strategy and seek the assistance of others rather than dwelling on their frustrations or unchangeable circumstances.
On the other hand, pessimists are more likely to simply assume that the circumstance is beyond their control and that they can do nothing about it.Boosted Immunity In recent years, it has been discovered that your mind can have a significant impact on your body. One area where your thoughts and attitudes can have a particularly significant impact is immunity.
In one study, researchers discovered that a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine was caused by activation in brain regions associated with negative emotions. Positive thinking has an impact on your overall well-being, including a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular problems, less depression, and an increased lifespan.3 Although researchers are not entirely clear on why positive thinking benefits health, some suggest that positive people might lead healthier lifestyles. Researchers Segerstrom and Sephton found that people who were optimistic about a specific and important part of their lives, such as how well they were doing in school, exhibited a stronger immune response than those who had a more negative view of the situation.2 They can improve their health and well-being by managing stress better and avoiding bad habits.
Improved Resilience Resilience is our capacity to deal with challenges. People who are resilient are able to overcome trauma or a crisis with strength and resolve. They are able to carry on and eventually overcome such adversity rather than crumbling under the pressure.
Learning that positive thinking can play a significant role in resilience may not come as a surprise. Optimists typically look for solutions to problems when confronted with them. They gather their resources and are willing to seek assistance from others rather than giving up hope.