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The Benefits of Positive Thinking

Updated on April 16, 2019
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I have a passion for life, a love for humanitarian causes, a zeal for the Creator, and an obsession with understanding human nature.


Proverbs 23:7 KJV

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

The Health Benefits of Thinking Positive.

There are many books dedicated to the art of thinking positive. Not only does positive thinking heals the mind, body and spirit, it also produces a light that draws positive energy and positive people towards us. The bible says: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." It's important to speak life to the spirit instead of death, this can only be done by the renewing of our mind.

Positive words brings life to the spirit and strength to the bones. Have you ever commented on someone's appearance and noticed they held their head a little higher? Or, as an employer, have you ever told an employee they were doing an amazing job and noticed they worked a little harder? Have you ever told a loved one a certain outfit looked fantastic on them and noticed they wore it over and over?

Positive words are spiritual medicine that heals the mind, body and soul. The same way negative words injure the spirit, positive words heals it. When you say something nice to someone, years from now you may forget what you said, but they never will.

Wisdom Becomes Fruitful in its Season

This may seem like a weird title. No one logically thinks there are blessings in trials and tribulations, but there are. In the book of Ecclesiastes; Solomon says in times of prosperity to rejoice and in times of trials to consider. Many scholar's have felt that Solomon became skeptical in his later years, but that's not entirely true.

Solomon, who was the wisest person who ever lived according to the Holy Bible, understood that hard times should be studied for lessons to be learned, for life has showed us that you can't have one without the other. Life is about learning and evolving and It's hard to grow if we brush over things that are painful to deal with. Wisdom becomes seasoned when we're mature enough to deal with our problems and not run from them.


Using Discernment and Intuition

In utilizing our gifts for discernment we must be careful to look beyond someone's words and pay attention to the action behind those words. This may appear calculating and take the joy out of new relationships, but it will help us to make wiser decisions.

In my poem: What lies beneath the heart of a woman?

I demonstrated discernment by using a fictitious character to describe how flattering words can be deceiving.

"Her words drip with honey, her mind is full of schemes!"

People may flatter you by telling you what you want to hear but that doesn't mean there is no motive behind their words.

Being able to discern the motive of others protects us from being shocked when we learn people do not always mean what they say.

Renewing of The Mind

If you happen to be or, know someone personally who's always pessimistic, it didn't spring out of thin air, these are seeds planted, watered and, took root and produced bad fruit. Even if negative words are only directed towards others it's an indication of the heart. "As a man thinketh, so is he." Negative words which stems from negative thoughts must be uprooted. This can only be done by the renewing of the mind.

Old roots must be pulled up, new seeds must be planted, and then watered in love with words that are uplifting. These seeds will produce the fruits of the spirit.

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • long suffering
  • gentleness
  • goodness
  • faith
  • patience

Only the fruit produced from these seeds has the ability to speak words that are spiritual medicine. Seeds planted in pain- watered in bitterness- produces bad fruit. However, seeds planted with love- watered in kindness- produces good fruit.

Hurtful words injures the spirit; Positive words heals the soul.

  • speak life
  • speak love
  • speak blessings

Seeds bear fruit of its kind and, you can always tell a tree by the fruit that it bears.

Studies have proven toxic thinking causes many disease's.

Medical research has shown toxic thoughts plays a role in many illness's and disease's. Un- forgiveness alone has been linked to disease's such as: Cancer, diabetes, and allergies. Negative thoughts releases chemicals in the brain that effects our ability to reason; this leads to health issues such as: stress, chronic fatigue, itchy skin and anxiety.

Many people have turned to medication to battle mental illness's such as depression and anxiety. What researchers have found, is that many of these disease's can be overcome by the renewing of the mind. The brain is wired to connect to the spirit and spirit to the soul, the soul is where are emotions are stored, and what we act upon. For example:

  • anger: causes us to speak harshly and react out of character. We may even hurt ourselves or others if our anger causes us to lose control.
  • fear: causes us to be pessimistic, or suspicious, these emotions causes anxiety, depression, worry and feelings of hopelessness.
  • self pity: Causes us to be angry, needy, depressed even manipulative.

I could go on and on. These are just some of the examples of how negative thoughts produce's chemicals in the brain, that grow stem cells. I refer to this as bad fruit. If we allow negative thoughts to linger, eventually they will become our words, our words will become our actions. Our actions will become our habits and our habits will shape our character.


Positive thinking releases spiritual medicine.

John 5:6: When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, "Do you want to get well?"

Many people would think: " Why would Jesus ask this question? Of course he wants to be well." But you would be surprised at how many people don't. Feeling un-well can become as comfortable as a warm blanket on a cold day. We get used to the pity, used to being left alone, enjoy the fact that we are left alone, because nothing is expected of us. Toxic thinking drains our energy; It becomes easy, it becomes comfortable, it becomes our way of life.

When I became depressed it happened so gradually I didn't know it was happening until I was there. I spoke these words out loud: "I'm so tired of being tired, I want to feel well." I never expected anything to happen, I was only voicing my thoughts out loud never imagining my life would change.

Spiritual thoughts releases spiritual medicine.

Suddenly, a desire to visit a church just entered my heart. I come from a family rooted in religion and although I believed in God, I myself was never a person who regularly attended church. Soon that desire grew to an obsession on studying the scriptures as my eyes were opened to an understanding I never possessed before. Yet again, that desire grew into understanding of why I needed to do the things, that I already knew to do in the first place.

Through that understanding I began to feel better, because I felt better I thought more clearly, because I thought more clearly I made better choices. I began to eat more healthier, bad habits slowly fell away until they were gone. I began to pull away from toxic friends as we no longer had anything in common. If you read my hub: Before removing fibroids and endometriosis read this story; then you know I had been plagued with tumors that caused me a lot of stress. But today through my healthier life-style I am no longer plagued with an illness that left me feeling miserable.

The healing scriptures in the bible releases spiritual medicine.

The end result of all this was my negative thoughts slowly turned my writing and thoughts in a new direction. Soon I was writing spiritual poetry, writing songs of worship and praise; as my thoughts turned more positive I began to slowly release the chemical that produces spiritual medicine. Now my words are also spiritual medicine as I speak words of life, love and encouragement.

I didn't set out to be a motivational writer or speaker. I was depressed and couldn't care about myself, let alone anyone else. I simply whispered what I felt. " Lord I'm tired. I'm so tired Lord!" Never would I have imagined that my words, that first started out as a thought, and then escaped my lips; would travel into the universe and, into the ears of a living spirit who hears.

Allow me to reiterate the key points of this article.

When articles are packed with information sometimes the important facts can be over-looked; so please allow we to reiterate the key points.

  1. positive words produces spiritual medicine that heals the soul.
  2. Negative thoughts produces negative words that releases a toxic chemical in the brain that makes us sick.
  3. wanting to feel well is the beginning of releasing positive thoughts that releases spiritual medicine.

Negative thoughts produces negative words.

Seeds planted in pain, watered in bitterness, produces bad fruit. However, seeds planted with love, watered in kindness, produces good fruit.

Hurtful words injures the spirit. Positive words heals the soul.

  • speak life
  • speak love
  • speak spiritual blessings.

Seeds bear fruit of its kind, and you can always tell a tree by the fruit that it bears.

Positive words are like medicine for the soul.

How would you rate your over-all way of thinking?

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    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      10 months ago from LOS ANGELES


      I totally agree with you. It takes practice and we must be mindful. I try to think before I speak this helps me tame my tongue. Positive words are so uplifting and encouraging. The same way your beautiful and encouraging words uplifted me.

      Thank you.

    • Lora Hollings profile image

      Lora Hollings 

      10 months ago

      Thank you, Dana, for such a wonderful article that can help us to see that positive thinking can literally turn our lives around! We all need to practice positive thinking every day and we will see that we will begin to feel better and see our lives from a whole new perspective!

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      17 months ago from LOS ANGELES


      I'm sorry but you can't get "negative" when it comes to you, not from me. You are dear to my heart and I hope your health is well. Take care of yourself my friend for you are loved.

      God bless..,

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Came back. I need some negative;-)

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric if we looked up positive in the dictionary, we would see a picture of you.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful, came back to read again.My buddy says that I am positive, except when I am not, and then he ducks for cover. More work I reckon.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Mark Tulin For reading and commenting

    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      17 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Enjoyed the wisdom of this post. Too easily we fall into the trap of negative thinking.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Shaloo Walia, thank you for reading and leaving a kind comment

    • swalia profile image

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      A truly uplifting hub! You made my day.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Missy for your generous comment.

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      Missy Smith 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Dana Tate, I never tell a lie, I just don't know how, so I can tell you without any fear, that this is a great article. I agree so whole heartedly with everything you said here. It was really great to read! Thanks!

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      whonu: Thank you for reading and leaving such a positive message. It was definitely my goal to give a joyous message of hope. And, though I know its easier said than done, we can be mindful to keep our mind as well as our body healthy.

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      4 years ago from United States

      I received your most joyous message of hope my friend and felt its healing blessings. Thank you for sharing this fine work. Well done. whonu

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric, thank you for your comment. Once I realized I was getting in a rut, I just kept saying " I want to feel better" I couldn't allow negativity to rob me of my joy. I was tired of being angry all the time and I knew I had to make the effort to take my power back. I know just saying - don't think negative-think positive- is easier said than done; but I am proof that it can be done. For me, it took being around people who's heart was full of praise and gratitude. And meditating on God's word, which, sprung beautiful- healing waters in my soul. That may not work for everyone but the point is negative thoughts will make you sick. We must find away to keep our minds healthy. Thanks for the vote up!

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      5 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      I completely agree with everything you've said here. I have had my ups and downs and in my darkest times, I turned to God, went back to church and I began to heal. When I was without, it was easy to wallow in my own thoughts, selfish depressive thoughts. As I turned back to something greater than myself I was rewarded with positive energy and it has helped heal my downtrodden soul. Voted up and Useful.


    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Bless you frank, for the read, comment and kind words.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Dana, what a mind healing... soothing and useful hub.. positive and rewarding thank you so much for the share ... bless you

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Mel Carriere: I appreciate your generous words and your visit.

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      Mel Carriere 

      5 years ago from San Diego California

      Very wise and noble words. You draw some very relevant, modern day lessons by using these age old scriptural examples. Great hub!

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Dr Pran Rangan: Thank you for your kind words. visit and vote up! I appreciate you.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 

      5 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Dana, it is a great hub. I loved it. Voted up and thanks.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Word55: Because I know that you are a strong soldier in the Lord yourself, your visits and feedback are always so valuable. May God continue to bless you and all that you do for Him.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Ericdieker: "The hues of the colors of how you were thinking got brighter" makes perfect sense to me. I receive that same type of powerful inspiration when I read your Sunday Sermon's. Sometimes it takes others to add a clearer perspective of what we understand. That is exactly what your work does for me. I'm so pleased we are able to help each other.

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      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Jodah: Thank you for your generous words. Yes I have been through a lot and I am still standing; Praise the Lord! I thank you for always being the first to reach my hubs. Your faithfulness, is an inspiration to me and a blessing. God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great job. I am happy to have read this as I start my day. It is as though in reading it the hues of the colors of how I was thinking got brighter. That probably makes no sense.

      But this hub makes a lot of sense. Thank you

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      Al Wordlaw 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      This is expert advice on positivity. I love it. We're on the same voyage. Thanks for sharing. Voted way up!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a positive and inspirational,hub Dana. You are a true example of what a change to positive thinking can do. You overcame your depression, beat your illness and now you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message.


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