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How Thinking Happy Thoughts Makes Life Happier and Stress Free
Optimists Live a Healthier Life
People with an optimistic outlook on life enjoy a healthier lifestyle thanks to their positive attitude. Scientists have provided plenty of evidence that positive thinking is associated not only with a more cheerful daily existence, but also with many health benefits.
Health Benefits of Being an Optimist
Optimists usually enjoy many health benefits:
- Lower depression rate
- Longer lifespan
- Stronger immune system resistance to common viruses, like the cold
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Better coping skills in time of stress
- Better general psychological and physical well-being
Additionally, optimists have been shown to live a healthier lifestyle, which influence disease and stress levels: they usually smoke less, drink less alcohol, exercise more, and eat more fruit, veggies, and whole grains.
Pessimism vs Optimism
Many people are skeptical towards the benefits of living life with a positive-no-matter-what point of view.
Optimists are often described as someone living in La La Land, ignoring or underestimating problems.
However, being an optimist does not mean hiding your head in the sand when a problem arises, in fact optimists recognize problems as well as pessimists, the difference is the way they react.
When you focus on the positive the way you deal with events, health issues, and problems changes substantially.
Optimists emerge from difficult circumstances with less distress than pessimists because they have more effecting coping strategies.
While pessimists see the problems under a magnifying glass, as huge obstacles, and may get discouraged and scared, optimists have the tendency to take actions to change the negative, and usually they don’t let the small stuff bother them.
How Our Thoughts Affect our Brain: Health Benefits of Positive Thinking
Our thoughts are capable of influence the way the brain produces hormones, endorphins, and all those good and bad chemicals that determine how we feel and function.
Positive thoughts and good humor create dramatic chemical and physical changes that positively affect our health and well-being.
Happy thoughts can change our emotional and physical balance, becoming critical for enjoying good health.
“It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.”— Lucius Seneca
Mind and Body Are Connected
Seneca knew it thousands of years ago what modern medicine is still reluctant to admit: a patient’s beliefs can affect the healing process.
In fact many ancient cultures regarded mind-body connections as essential to treat illness, a medical approach that is now becoming important again.
The importance of what the mind beliefs and thinks for the body’s healing processes is supported by all the studies regarding the placebo effect.
The so-called placebo effect is an authentic biological reaction orchestrated by the brain.
There’s evidence that what a patient expects from a treatment can influence the brain neuro-chemistry and affect the body.
Achieving Positive Thinking Attitude
How do you become a positive thinker?
The main step to become a positive thinker is to control negative thoughts. Whatever happens in your life, no matter how big the challenges you have to overcome, don’t let discouragement and negativity take control.
Learn to recognize the negative thoughts that creep into your mind and willingly swap them with positive thoughts.
When you think I can’t do it; I’m bad at that; I’ll never be able to get out of this mess; etc.
Force yourself to ask why? What are the elements that make you certain you can’t do it? Often you‘ll find there is no supporting facts, but all the negativity is based on fear.
Switch the negative thoughts into positive ones: I’ll do my best; I am capable; I can take actions to move forward in life, etc.
Even if a situation seems helpless, you can always find a compromise, a change in plans that will make things work for the better. Sometimes the change may be very difficult and life-changing, but there is a way to go on.
Many times when a situation ends drastically or badly, we feel a failure. It is hard to get up and go again, it requires self-acceptance and trust in your abilities.
Even when it seems that all your problems come from others, it is not in them but within yourself that you have to find the strength and the positive.
Each undesired ending opens the door to a very desirable beginning. Focus on whatever good came from the circumstances, and give yourself credit for the things you have accomplished.
A positive attitude can improve your life tremendously
A positive attitude improves your mood, to your health and expanding your social relationships.
If you are upset about something and you can change it, take action; if you can’t change it, move on and let go.
Positive Thinking: a Way to Prevent Stress
When you realize you are worried and negative thoughts are creeping all over your mind, you must make an effort to switch gears and replace the negative thinking with positive affirmations.
If you are upset about something and you can change it, take action, if you can’t change it, move on and let go. Find a peace of mind that allows you to learn from the negative and move forward with renewed energy. This means stopping thinking about things that create anxiety and conflict and looking at possible opportunities that may have been created.
Achieving less tension and stress in our life brings a lot of health benefits. When we are calm and cheerful our heart enjoys a lower rate, our blood pressure will be lower as well, our immune system works more efficiently, and we are better company, so our friends like us more, which makes us feel even better. Who loves spending time and energy with naysayers and naggers anyway?
Besides, with a worry-free mind we make better choices, because we can calmly consider all the options and consequences taking better decisions. When we are too preoccupied we may not even recognize some great opportunities and miss out on advantageous chances.
© 2012 Robie Benve