7 amazing health benefits of positive thinking

7 health benefits of positive thinking

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“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work.”

This quote from Thomas Edison oozes positive thinking. Optimistic people have a favorable expectancy of their future, and not without reason it seems: studies indicate that optimism leads to a longer, healthier life.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic identified seven potential health benefits of positive thinking:

  1. Increased life span
  2. Lower rates of depression
  3. Lower levels of distress
  4. Greater resistance to the common cold
  5. Better psychological and physical well-being
  6. Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  7. Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.

We can train ourselves to turn a half-empty glass into a half-full one. Positive thinking is not about ignoring problems. It’s about changing your perception of negative experiences.

Here is a simple exercise to practice positive thinking:

  • Look at what you have achieved on a daily basis. Don’t look at what you could’ve done better
  • Every night write down 3 achievements
  • Try to analyse why they went well
  • Give yourself a compliment for your achievements.

We don’t always control the events in our lives, but we can train ourselves to be more optimistic. And it appears to be healthy too.

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