Do you view your glass as half empty or half full? Do you tend to concentrate more on the problems or the blessings? Are you always looking for something that is not there or do you pay more attention to what is?
Your positive thinking (or negative thinking) is more than just a personality trait. It can influence your health, body, and overall way of life. Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But "positive thinking" is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like "work ethic" or "persistence." Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.
If you consider yourself an optimistic person, good news: your sunny outlook could keep you healthy. Keep on those rose-colored glasses, because studies have shown that there are many benefits of positive thinking.
Benefits of Positive Thinking
1. Keeps your heart healthy
Being optimistic could be good not only for the mind, but for the ticker as well. According to a study Harvard researchers published in the Psychological Bulletin, optimism is associated with heart health and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, despite factors such as age, smoking habits, or obesity.
2. Lowers stress levels
Researchers conducted a study of college students and assessed their stress and coping mechanisms at the beginning and end of their first semester of college. The researchers found that positive thinking was positively associated with low stress.
In a separate study on survivors of missile attacks, researchers also found that pessimists tended more towards anxiety and depression under stress.
Now, we know most of you luckily won’t ever have to deal with something so traumatic as a missile attack, but if optimism can work for them, imagine what it can do for you!
3. It’s good for relationships
According to an article by psychologists Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier, positive thinkers are likely to have more luck in love. Now that is a bonus!
As the article points out, this could be for several reasons. People are more accepting of those who are positive, and optimistic people are more satisfied in their relationship than pessimists because, like everything else, they concentrate on the good aspects rather than the bad. The article goes on to explain that positive thinkers tend to work harder and more effectively at relationships. Could be too that positive people dont make you want to slit your throat when you are around them!