The practice of ‘positive thinking’ has gained a lot of popularity in recent times especially among millennials. Yes, the idea of looking at the ‘glass as half full’ or ‘seeing the brighter side of things’ is changing how these particular individuals approach life. Known as positive thinkers, these are the select few who apply optimism in literally everything they do!
Interestingly, studies have found that positive thinkers are not only less stressed, but are much healthier than their counterparts and fellow co-workers.
But why is this the case?
According to psychologist researcher Suzanne Segerstrom, positive thinkers are in a better psychological and physiological state to handle setbacks, which translates to a greater outlook on life.
With this in mind, here are some of the ways through which positive thinking improves every aspect of living.
It Minimizes Stress
In times of stress, positive thinkers are able to handle the situation effectively as compared to your proverbial pessimist.
Rather than complain about their frustrations, a positive thinker will create a decisive plan to get themselves out of their current predicament. Positive thinkers are more open to seeking assistance from co-workers and friends in solving a problem.
In recent times, scientists have discovered that the mind has a profound effect on the body. One of the areas that the mind greatly influences is the immune system. Indeed, one particular study discovered that activating parts of the brain tied to negative emotions significantly reduced the body’s immune response to vaccines.
As such, positive thinking enables the body to operate at maximum capacity and the immune system to respond incredibly well to fighting pathogens.
An Overall Sense of Wellness
Not only does positive thinking improve your ability to deal with stress, but also gives you a general feeling of happiness with your life.
While research is yet to establish exactly why positive thinking boosts health, one strong suggestion is that optimists are more inclined to live healthier lifestyles. By steering clear from unhealthy and damaging behaviors, optimists create a better environment to thrive in.
That being said, before practicing positive thinking, you should know that it’s not only about being optimistic about your life. Instead of having a ‘yes’ approach to everything and taking on more than you can handle, you should simply go with the flow. Acknowledge the little things that bring a positive impact in your life. Mastering the art of gratitude.