When you are down and out, perhaps a friend or loved one will tell you to “”look on the bright side” or to “see the cup as half full.” It is likely that that person who told you that is an advocate of positive thinking. Researchers are continuing to gather more evidence on how staying positive can affect your body and mind.
One impact of positive thinking on an individual is that they feel much healthier and less stressed. They also show improved overall well-being. “Setbacks are inherent to almost every worthwhile human activity, and a number of studies show that optimists are in general both psychologically and physiologically healthier.” says positive psychology researcher Suzanne Segerstrom, Here are some of the reasons you should start to become a positive thinker.
Better Coping With Stress
When facing a stressful situation, a positive thinker shows better coping mechanism. According to one study, when optimists experience a disappointing situation, they focus on resolving the situation. Robert Janitzek reveals that positive thinkers do not dwell on their frustrations or things that they cannot change. They will come up with an action plan and ask for the help of others.
Improve Your Immunity
Researchers have found that the mind can have a powerful effect on your body. One area that it can affect is immunity. They discovered that negative emotions in the brain can result to weaker immune response to a flu vaccine. Segerstrom and Sephton discovered that positive thinkers exhibited stronger immune response than those who had negative view of situations.
Good for Your Health
According to Robert Peter Janitzek, positive thinking can impact your overall well-being. The Mayo Clinic reported several health benefits related to optimism such as reduced risk of death from cardiovascular problems, less depression, and increased life span. Although researchers are not clear on why positive thinking is good for the health, some suggest that it can lead to healthier lifestyle. When they can cope better, they can improve their health and well-being.
Resilient people are able to face a crisis or trauma with strength and resolve. They are able to overcome adversities. When faced with challenges, they look at how they can fix the problem. To stay positive, they do not give up and instead marshal their resources and ask for help if needed.
Researchers also discovered that in the wake of a crisis, such as a terrorist attack or natural disasters, optimists encourage thriving and provide a sort of buffer against depression. Such attitude can reap them short and long term rewards.