Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing with some examples provided.
Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic.
In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect how well you live and even how long you live.
With this in mind, take a refresher course in positive thinking. Learn how to put positive thinking into action. Positive thinking is a key part of an effective stress management strategy.
A lot of the work that I do with my clients, who come to me for Quantum Biofeedback sessions, is I teach them about the law of attraction. The law of attraction, by definition, says that that which is likening to it is drawn and when you ask it is always given. This means that if you can convince yourself that you can have anything then it has to be yours. The issue is how do you convince yourself that you can have something when you believe that you cannot?
Living longer and happier through positive thinking
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
Â· Decreased negative stress
Â· Greater resistance to catching the common cold
Â· A sense of well-being and improved health
Â· Reduced risk of coronary artery disease
Â· Easier breathing if you have certain lung diseases, such as emphysema
Â· Improved coping ability for women with high-risk pregnancies
Â· Better coping skills during hardships
It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. But one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.
Positive thinking and repeating or writing affirmations without taking action is like looking at ingredients in your kitchen and wishing for a particular meal to happen. Now, it’s possible you could feel hungry for something in particular, say, lasagna, and a neighbor invites you over or brings you a serving of lasagna. These are delightful occurrences; but more often than not, you’ll have to get into the kitchen and cook.
If someone identifies his or her nature (some of it learned) as pessimistic, that’s a huge step in the right direction. A pessimist doesn’t need to become an optimist; he or she just needs to acquire, develop, and rely on tools that move him quickly to where he prefers to be. The writer of the article is correct about positive thinking not working because what we attract to us is based on our deeply held feelings. And, thank goodness. If the average person thinks over 12,000 thoughts each day, we could really get ourselves into some unpleasant situations if all of them came true.