The old adage: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” may make us roll our eyes, but is it outdated? Does positive thinking really work? Or is it for suckers? Bad things happen all the time. Life can be messy, miserable and impossible. Isn’t it naive to think that a change in mindset can make everything better?
Researchers have found that positive thinking can have a profound impact on your life. In addition to experiencing less stress, people who practice positive-self talk are happier overall and experience fewer health issues than those who dwell on the negative. Want a better, happier and healthier life? Positive thinking can help!
Positive Thinking Breaks Thought Patterns
People are pessimistic and self-critical by nature. In fact, up to 70 percent of the stuff we tell ourselves on a daily basis is negative. And we repeat the pattern day after day, month after month, year after year. And that’s unfortunate because all of this negative mental chatter can have a profound impact on motivation level, outlook on life and overall performance.
According to science, positive thinking is a powerful tool that can improve your life. By practicing positive thinking, you can break the negative thought patterns that are holding you back and transform them into beliefs that improve both your happiness and performance. At first, it may take a lot of effort to identify negative self-talk and turn it into positive speak. But as you continue to actively practice positive self-talk, even your unconscious thoughts will become more positive — and that’s where the traction really starts to kick in.
Positive Thinking Alleviates Stress
If you’re constantly stressed, your inner dialogue may be to blame. Researchers found that study participants who took time to focus on the good things that happened each day experienced less anxiety and felt less stressed overall. What’s more, participants continued to feel less stressed for weeks after the study concluded.
So with practice, your perception of life may line up with your inner self-talk and what you choose to take away from each day, creating an overall difference. Cultivate positive, happy thoughts as a daily practice to reap the biggest results. Consistency is key.
Positive Thinking Improves Your Health
Yes, positive thinking can improve your health. According to Mayo Clinic, positive thinking may reap the following health benefits:
- Greater resistance to common ailments
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Reduced risk of death after cardiovascular event
- Increased life span
- Improved psychological well being
- Decreased risk of depression
In addition to improved health and reduced stress levels, positive thinking may help you manifest change in your life and help you reach seemingly impossible goals. Imagine, all of these benefits can be yours simply by changing that negative inner dialogue. For suckers? No way. That makes positive thinking some pretty powerful stuff.