OK! Enough with the doom and gloom! After all it can take a toll on your wellbeing!
I think you are starting to get how the body reacts to the quality of your thoughts. The mind-body link doesn’t just have bad effects on our physical body or your and emotional state. It can also have really positive effects.
First of all, positive thinking DOES NOT mean you keep avoid what is really there, or keep your head in the sand as burry unpleasant situations!!! NO! Positive thinking just means that your approach to less than desirable situations is more positive and productive!
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
· Increased life span
· Lower rates of depression
· Lower levels of distress
· Greater resistance to the common cold
· Better psychological and physical well-being
· Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
· Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.
It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
Today, notice and journal about the physical affects of how taking a positive approach to thinking shows up in your body… and in your decision making!