Written by: Brandi Monasco
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
Have you ever heard the age-old question, “Is your glass half-full or half-empty?”
How you answer this question could give you some insight on your life. It could also show you more about your attitude on life and whether you are an optimist or a pessimist.
Being The Optimist: Positive Thinking
Positive thinking, or being an optimist in other words, means that you approach the challenges in your life with a positive attitude, a positive outlook. You feel that no matter what happens in your life that you can and will always overcome hard things and things will always get better. Having a positive attitude makes it easier for you to avoid worries and negative thinking.
Positive thinking also reduces stress. Being worried, anxious, or having negative thoughts is the main cause of stress. It is easy to become stressed over the smallest issues, but adopting the mindset of positive thinking can reduce your stress level.
Stressing about a problem never solves it and it can leave you feeling helpless and hopeless. When you start thinking positive about the problem, you are not only able to overcome stress more easily, but the stress will eventually leave your life.
Having a positive view on life can increase your lifespan – who wouldn’t want that? Being able to cope with stress and having a positive outlook on your life will also cause a major impact on your overall well-being, both mentally and physically.
A study that included 99 students from Harvard University showed that students who were optimists at age 25 were healthier at ages 45 and 50 than those students who were pessimists.
Being able to think positively can increase your immunity. According to a study, “a group of 110 people aged 60 to 70 gave their immune system a boost by living in a resort facility for 11 days and learning about exercise, diet, stress management and changing their lifestyle.
The people who reported feeling less stress after the program had increased levels of the disease-fighting white blood cells in their bodies” (Frank Cawood & Associates, 1994, p. 276).
This could mean that having negative thoughts can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses and diseases such as the common cold or the flu.
If you are in a positive frame of mind and thinking like an optimist, you will not only begin to believe in yourself more, but you will also expect success instead of failure, which is a major thing when you are trying to get ahead in life. You will believe in your own abilities, which will increase your self-esteem and will allow you to recognize opportunities. It also gives you the strength to not give up and to keep going if you have a negative obstacle come your way.
Start Training Your Mind
Being able to think positively doesn’t come easy for some people and that’s perfectly understandable. If you have trouble thinking positive and staying positive, try a few of these tips to help you develop that positive attitude:
- Make the choice to be optimistic and positive.
- Choose to be happy (and yes, being happy IS a choice)
- Be open to humor, let yourself laugh and have fun.
- Practice positive self-talk.
- Surround yourself with positive people and people who love and care about you (this can make all the difference in the world).
- Learn to appreciate and love yourself.
Do you have any other tips for helping develop a more positive, optimistic mindset? Please share with us in the comments below!
Source: 999 Little-Known Natural Healing Foods and Proven Home Remedies, FC&A Publishing, 1994, P. 275
Latest posts by Brandi Monasco (see all)
- Why You Need To Have Peppermint Essential Oil Handy - May 14, 2016
- Don’t Be Fooled By Labels: Guide To Determine Top Quality Coconut Oil - May 13, 2016
- You CAN Actually Shower Too Much! - May 13, 2016