positive benefits your life in a multitude of ways. Below is a list of five
ways thinking positively can help your quality of life.
Positive Thinkers Are Healthier – Not only do those who think
positively feel healthier but research as shown that they are healthier. A
recent Harvard School of Public Health study has found that positive thinking,
such as self-acceptance and positive relations with others, is linked to
improved heath health.
study had also shown that when a first-year law student was more optimistic,
they could fight off infection more efficiently and could take fewer sick days
as a result.
Positive Thinkers See Failures As A
– A positive thinker knows that a failure is not the end, but rather the
beginning of something great. When we are stuck in a negative thinking cycle,
we are going to fixate on negative possibilities and be trapped by the fear of
failure. On the other hand, a positive thinker is going to be willing to
consider the future and be open to new ideas, new experiences, and new
possibilities, and is also going to be prepared to move toward those ideas
expecting to experience great things.
Positive Thinkers Don’t Freak Out
Over The Small Stuff – According to a study that was conducted at Quebec’s Concordia
University, those who think positively produce less cortisol. Cortisol is known
as the stress hormone, and when you produce less of the hormone, your body
doesn’t react as strongly to stressful situations, by nature, being able to
think positively means that you are less likely to be stressed out over things
that would stress a negative thinker out.
Positive Thinkers Get More Job Offers – A study conducted by Duke
University examined a group of MBA graduates entering the workforce, half of
the subjects had a positive outlook and believed that their success was
inevitable, and the rest of the subjects were much less hopeful and optimistic.
Researchers concluded that the positive group not only were hired more often,
but also enjoyed more job satisfaction, had higher salaries and were also
promoted more frequently than the more negative thinking subjects were.
Positive Thinkers Are Better Athletes – There is no proof that a positive
thinker has more muscle mass or a greater athletic ability than a pessimist
does, however having a more optimistic outlook and using negative criticism to motivate
action seems to help athletes excel.
study out of Penn Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania
examined the effect of optimism and pessimism on swimmers. The study gave
swimmers a false time when they had been instructed to swim their hardest,
adding several seconds onto their time.
who were positive thinkers used the negative feedback as motivation to get an
even faster time on their next swim, while those who thought negatively
performed more poorly than their original time.
you aren’t an optimist, this doesn’t mean that you are sentenced to a life
riddled with poor health, no promotions, and an unhappy relationship. Optimism
is a skill that can be learned, which means that you too can reap the benefits
of positive thinking, all you must do is put forth a little bit of effort.