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Benefits of positive thinking

Benefits of positive thinking

You have probably had someone tell you to "look on the bright side" or to "see the cup as half full."

  • Chances are good that the people who make these comments are positive thinkers.
  • Researchers are finding more and more evidence pointing to the many benefits of optimism and positive thinking.

Such findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, they also have greater overall well-being.

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Better resilience

Resilience refers to our ability to cope with problems. Resilient people are able to face a crisis or trauma with strength and resolve. Rather than falling apart in the face of such stress, they have the ability to carry on and eventually overcome such adversity.

  • Fortunately, experts also believe that such positivism and resilience can be cultivated.
  • By nurturing positive emotions, even in the face of terrible events, people can reap both short-term and long-term rewards, including managing stress levels, lessening depression, and building coping skills that will serve them well in the future.

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Increased immunity

In recent years, researchers have found that your mind can have a powerful effect on your body.

Immunity is one area where your thoughts and attitudes can have a particularly powerful influence.

  • Researchers found that activation in brain areas associated with negative emotions led to a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine.
  • Researchers Segerstrom and Sephton found that people who were optimistic about a specific and important part of their lives, such as how well they were doing in school, exhibited a stronger immune response than those who had a more negative view of the situation.

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Improved wellness

Not only can positive thinking impact your ability to cope with stress and your immunity, but it also has an impact on your overall well-being, including a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular problems, less depression, and an increased lifespan.

  • While researchers are not entirely clear on why positive thinking benefits health, some suggest that positive people might lead healthier lifestyles.
  • By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, they are able to improve their health and well-being.

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Stress relief

When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively than pessimists.

  • Rather than dwelling on their frustrations or things that they cannot change, they will devise a plan of action and ask others for assistance and advice.

Pessimists, on the other hand, simply assume that the situation is out of their control and there is nothing they can do to change it.

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What is positive thinking?

Positive thinking plays an important role in positive psychology, a subfield devoted to the study of what makes people happy and fulfilled.

  • Positive thinking does not necessarily mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things.
  • instead, it involves making the most of the potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.

Positive thinkers are more apt to use an optimistic explanatory style, but how people attribute events can also vary depending upon the exact situation.

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Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).

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Defensive Pessimism
  • While normally pessimism means blaming yourself for the negative outcomes, defensive pessimism takes this at a whole new level, harnessing the negative feeling and using it as a stepping stone towards eventual success. It makes use of the negative inclination and brings unexpected rewards.
  • It is also used as a strategy by people who want to manage their anxiety and steer away from the imagined negative outcomes.
  • Defensive pessimism lends people a strangely high level of confidence and self-esteem. Their success in the anticipation and avoidance of the negative outcomes make them steer through life in a better way, especially in the formative school and college years.

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