The effects of positive thinking
The Power of Thought
Psychologists have researched the power of thought and there is a psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which helps patients make connections between their thoughts and actions.
In Short negative self talk, thoughts or beliefs can lead to negative behaviours.
In Parapsychology, or para-science, there has been a lot of theories around mind control, telekinesis, psychic ability, all requiring the mind, and thinking.
If there is even the remote possibility our minds, thoughts are powerful enough to have effects on the body. it would stand to reason, and science should be able to back this statement up.
Negative thoughts would have negative effects and positive thoughts would have positive effects.
The postive effects of positive thinking are:
Reduced Stress: In turn negative thoughts would lead to increased stress.
When we think negatively, focusing on a lot of if's and what if's, running every terrible scenario through our head it raises our stress levels. I don't think examples are necessary, as you can probably already recognise the situations you do this in and how you feel at this stage.
If we were to continue with positive thinking, we would have less stress because there is no evidence anything is wrong, we would be in a better mood.
Thinking about Sunshine, Rainbows and puppy dog tails, is much easier to maintain a good demeanor than running through scenario's that is of course, unless you are allergic to the aforementioned.
Increased energy: In turn negative thoughts lead to lethargy and feeling unergetic
Positive thinking helps you feel more motivated, with increased energy and more able to put in those positive things in to motion.
Increased mental capacity
When your not wasting your energy on stressing, you will find your have more clarity of mind and able to organise yourself, plan events, finances with more ease.
Things to assist with positive thinking:
Keep it legal - when you aren't legal it increases stress and worry, which are negative thoughts.
Focus on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable etc) goals, as the successes will help with raising positive thoughts.
Exercise, you'd be surprised how much of difference it makes, best if it incorporated with fresh air.)
Forgive yourself, and others if possible.
Other reading to help raise your spirits
- My worth isn't just about what I do, although breathing is a good start
"I had a super busy day today converting oxygen into carbon dioxide" --I wish this had been my response when I was unemployed and people asked, 'what do you do?' - Because the other answers were awkward; why does everyone care what you do? We are all