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The supposed benefits of positive thinking

Research shows that positive thinking can benefit our physical and mental health.

But promoting positivity might be overly simplistic and have possible negative consequences in certain circumstances.

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What you expect to happen in the future will steer your decisions. It will determine if you will pursue a goal or when you will give up.  Your expectations will also affect your emotions. You will feel good if your future looks like it will match your expectation...

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  • Optimistic expectations motivate us. If you don't think you have a chance to succeed, you are less likely to try. But this only applies where effort can translate into success, such as studying and expecting a good grade. However, if you hope your favourite sports team will ...

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Only expecting good things to happen is not enough. We also need to be willing to put in the effort to make it happen. The combination of optimism and action help drive motivation to achieve our goals and persist when facing challenges.

Having positive expectations is not t...

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