Guest post by Jana Hartley from A Doctor and a Nurse
Accentuating the positive is much easier said than done. The truth is positive thinking does not come naturally. In fact, for most, it is a learned behavior. Yet, when you see the results of studies on human behavior you will find that positive thinking leads to a healthier lifestyle. How can be reap the health benefits of positive thinking? Here are some simple steps to learn how to begin the process of positive thinking:
How To Be Positive
- Begin your day with positive self talk: Encourage yourself with self affirmations. Say things like: “I am awesome” “I am going to have a great day” “I can do anything.” Powerful thoughts will set the tone for you throughout the day.
- Exercise: Exercising three times per week or more has been shown to decrease depression and lower stress. Treadmill smiles anyone?
- Check your attitude at the door: Before you cross the threshold towards the stressors that consume your world, check your attitude. The more conscious you are about your attitude the easier it will be to cope with stressful situations.
- Seek humor: Look for the humor and seek laughter every day. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress and help us cope. It is easier to look at the bright side of any situation when there is a smile upon our lips.
- Surround yourself with positive people: Negativity spreads like wildfire. Make sure that you are choosing people in your life that will validate your need for positive thinking.
Healthy Outcomes of Positive Thinking
- People who accentuate the positive live longer. Yes, studies show that people with positive attitudes add about 10 years onto their life.
- Positive thinkers have lower rates of depression.
- Those with optimistic attitudes have fewer colds.
- People with positive attitudes have greater success in school and in their jobs.
- Looking on the brighter side leads to better physical and mental health.
- Positive people have stronger and more successful relationships.
Positive thinking is just one small part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Yet, it may be the single most important thing you learn to do. Now that you know how to do it, let’s “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative…” and experience the power of positive thinking.
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