What if you had the ability to heal your body just by changing how you think and feel? Do you view your glass as half empty or half full? Do you concentrate on your problems or your blessings? If you consider yourself an optimistic person, it is good news – your sunny outlook could keep you healthy.
The mind-body connection is so powerful that it is possible to think yourself sick. Some people only have to hear someone saying, “there’s a virus going around” – and they get sick. Hypochondria is a mental disorder with physical symptoms. The human body is full of naturally occurring aches, pains and gurgles, but this doesn’t mean you have a serious illness.
Most of us regard normal aches and pains as fleeting, harmless moments of discomfort, but the hypochondriac misinterprets them as a horrible, deadly disease. No one knows the exact cause of hypochondria, but doctors have linked it to stress and anxiety.
Research indicates a biochemical connection between the brain and the body. According to the National Institute of Health at Georgetown University, positive thinking plays a huge part in helping us to maintain healthy bodies. If a person has even the slightest ability to control good health through positive thinking, it’s worth finding out more, don’t you think?
What are the health benefits of positive thinking?
That old, very familiar quote that “laughter is the best medicine” is actually true. Here’s why:
- Positive thinking is associated with heart
health and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, despite factors such as
age, smoking or obesity. According to research, optimism and a positive
attitude can reduce this health risk by half.
- A change in attitude will help your immune
system to work at peak efficiency. A healthy immune system is better at
fighting off disease.
- Positive thoughts lower blood pressure. A study
in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates that
pessimists tend to have higher blood pressure associated with stress and
- Positive thinking is good for relationships.
People are more accepting of positive thinkers; optimists are more satisfied in
their relationships by concentrating on the good aspects rather than the bad.
- Optimists are more likely to keep their bodies
healthy by eating well and doing exercise, and keeping stress and anxiety to a
- Not only will a positive attitude help you stay
healthier, it can even delay the ageing process. A study by the University of
Texas uncovered that people who view life more positively show fewer
signs of frailty than those with a pessimistic outlook.
When you practise positive thinking you focus on your strengths and accomplishments, which will in turn increase happiness and motivation. The following tips will help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:
- Take good care of yourself.
It’s easier to be positive if you are physically feeling well. Healthy eating
and getting enough exercise is key.
- Make a list of things you are grateful
for. Remind yourself about the great things in your life.
- Stop worrying! This is never
productive; there is no logic or rationale behind it, nor is it
solution-orientated. Change your environment to get your mind off those
- Physical contact with others. Research has
shown that this is an instant pick-me-up.
- Ban negative thoughts. Your
thoughts are yours and yours alone and they only have as much power as you give
Changing your mind-set can transform you from the inside out. Start changing how you think and you’ll soon see the power of positive thinking in action. To put it simply: seek joy, play often and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest!
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