Do you consider yourself an eternal optimist who has a positive mindset or are you someone who never sees the good in things and you feel like you are constantly living in self-doubt and fear? Are you stuck thinking negative thoughts and need to break the cycle once and for all? Of course life is unpredictable and everything isn't always rainbows and butterflies but choosing positive thinking as much as you can will change your world around for the better in more ways than you can imagine.
The environment we grow up in and the people we are around can really shape our thinking patterns from an early age on. You may have a negative mindset without even realizing it. As with anything else in life, changing your thoughts takes practice and time but it can happen. Start to notice and be aware of the things you think. Start to have an attitude of gratitude for what you like about your life and be aware of any negative thought patterns that keep showing up. Even if you can't change them right away, acknowledging them is a big step in the right direction.
A research paper published online in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease, that a positive outlook means living longer and stronger. The study, which looked at 607 patients in a hospital in Denmark, found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. When you learn examples like this and you see people who have changed their lives and their health with the power of positive thinking, it gives you incentive to move in that direction.
Positive thinking has been linked to:
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease-related death
- Increased physical well-being
- Better psychological health
- Longer life span
- Less stress
- Lower rates of depression
- Increased resistance to the common cold
- Better stress management and coping skills
Focus on witnessing your self-talk and start to become aware of the things you tell yourself and the things you think about. If things are overwhelmingly negative, start to take notice and make a change in a more positive direction. It may not happen over night, but with time and practice, optimism can be yours. Life can be tricky, and it’s not about being positive every minute of every day, it’s more about finding a way to see the best in every situation you encounter. If you have the ability to change your thoughts, which can change your health for the better, isn't it worth it?