There are many ways in which life challenges us. The loss of a loved one, a layoff, or a health issue can all impact a person’s life. Positive thinking, on the other hand, can be a valuable ally. Choosing to be positive and thankful has a positive effect on your mind and body.
People who have a more positive attitude on life live longer and are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and depression. According to one study, thinking positively about aging can add 7.5 years to one’s life expectancy. However, after considering factors such as gender, wealth, and overall health, the results are much more striking.
If you have a positive mindset, it may encourage you to exercise and eat healthier. Because you’re feeling better, you’re more likely to remain optimistic and joyful. If you’ve ever heard of a “virtuous circle,” you’ll know what I mean.
Things like low blood pressure and cholesterol have enhanced life spans by roughly four years, but if you view the glass as half-full, it could have a more significant impact.
Optimism is a skill that may be acquired. Time and practice are all that is required.
A few options are as follows:
- Smile, even if it’s a phony one. It has the potential to alleviate some of the symptoms of stress.
- Reframe. Instead of focussing on the negative, focus on the positive.
- A thankfulness diary is a good idea.
- Do good deeds for the sake of good.
- Make friends with folks who make you happy.
- And remember, you can’t change everything.