There is a lot to be said about staying positive. Here is a link to an article that I found interesting that provides scientific evidence supporting the importance of positive thinking:
There are numerous articles and research that points to how positive thinking reduces stress and the resulting health benefits. There is growing research on the health benefits of positive thinking and how emotional stress, negative self-talk/ beliefs and negative thinking can have adverse implications to your health (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9690/scientific-proof-that-negative-beliefs-harm-your-health.html).
Health benefits linked to positive thinking are listed below (source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950):
The health benefits of positive thinking
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Research also points out that positive thinking is something that can be practiced enabling you to be more optimistic. This in turn enables you to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. It doesn’t mean that you are happy all the time and seem to walk around wearing rose-coloured glasses. It means that you are able to approach things or situations that are unpleasant in a positive and productive way rather than thinking the worst is going to happen. You tend to think that the best is going to happen.
Positive psychology seems to be a growing field of research due to the links to health benefits and have a long lasting effect to our personal growth and development. For years, psychology turned its attention to the study of negative emotions or negative affect, including: depression, sadness, anger, stress and anxiety. Not surprisingly, psychologists found them interesting because they may often lead to, or signal the presence of, psychological disorders (Source: http://positivepsychology.org.uk/pp-theory/positive-emotions/31-your-emotions-and-you-.html).
Although, given the growing evidence of health benefits that result from positive thinking – I find it is interesting to observe that positive thinking isn’t practiced more often. I’m interested to know your thoughts? I’ve concluded this post with some quotes I found that support the power of positivity – it may inspire you to practice positivity more often to be able to Laugh, Love, Live! Positive thinking will enable you to readily take on life’s challenges and may lead to a more genuine, happy life. Namaste!