So, you want to reduce stress? Today’s concept will provide you three huge benefits that will allow you to reduce stress significantly in your life…
The Benefits of Positive Thinking
Your persona greatly depends on the way you think and process information. In fact, all the decisions that you make in your lifetime are dependent on the way you perceive things. Angry reactions, impulsive decisions, and regret are often associated with a negative thinking process. While positive thinking processes help garner decisions that work in your favor not just in the immediate short-term but in the long-term as well.
Positive thinkers deal better with stress
In the world today, there is so much discussion about stress. How stressful work is, how stressful relationships can be. Even just the daily grind of working your job, managing a family, and getting through your daily life routines are considered stressful. So, learning how to deal with, manage, and more importantly reduce stress in our lives, is a good thing and very important.
Studies show that positive thinkers are better at dealing with stress. It is quite simple to understand, and relatively logical when you think about it. When faced with a problem, negative thinkers, or pessimists, tend to give up and end all future efforts in completing a task when a problem arises. Or at the very least, they move from a productive mindset to a mindset of, blame, justifying, even the “I told you so” mindset. Rather than moving to a mindset that would allow them to immediately move to a problem-solving mentality.
Positive thinkers, on the other end of the spectrum, tend to assess the problem without losing their calm demeanor and try to solve it to the best of their abilities. Even in situations when they realize that the end product will not be as anticipated, optimists tend to strive to the best of their abilities to ensure that the final solution is the best it could be. How’s that for reducing stress?
Positive thinking improves your immunity
Although not as surprising as some may think, a study revealed that positive thinking improves your immune system while negative thinking tends to deteriorate it. This is because thoughts and attitudes tend to have certain effects on portions of the brain. These, in turn, lead to activation of your immune systems.
Researchers Segerstorm and Sephton proved in their study that positive thinkers showed a clear resilience to a flu vaccine while negative thinkers could not be as effective.
The effects of stress on humans has been proven to be as much physical as it is mental. Thus, positive thinking, or having a positive attitude, is going to improve your mental psyche, as well as help you keep yourself healthy physically. Besides, who likes being sick? If you could reduce how often you get sick, or at least how long you stay sick, wouldn’t that be a benefit?
Positive thinkers have better control of their emotions
It really can’t be said enough, but positive thinking is good for your overall health. An increased lifespan, less depression, and reduced risk of cardiovascular issues are only a few of the health hazards that positive thinking helps avoid. Perhaps most importantly, positive thinking and resilience are two terms that are very deeply connected.
It is common knowledge that resilient people are known to deal with crisis situations and stress at a more advanced level. A positive mental attitude is a key contributor to this ability to work through crisis more effectively. Positive thinkers have greater control over their thought process, and they tend to see things in a calmer perspective. This provides them an extra edge in dealing with more demanding situations.
Positive thinkers can be more pragmatic, and less emotional, likely because they are not caught up in the “blame game” or the “Why me” analysis and jump right to how to create a solution. This makes the crisis less about emotion and more about resolution and problem solving. It’s not that they don’t have or experience these emotions, but they don’t allow the emotions to swallow them up and control their thinking.
In conclusion, positive thinking isn’t just a good habit that should be adopted, but it should also be introduced and coached to others, so that more people could lead a healthier, balanced, and stress-free life.
Now, you might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with Goal Setting? WELL, if I can reduce everyday stress in my life, stay healthier longer, and be a better solution-oriented person when dealing with challenging or emotional circumstances, what are the odds I’ll increase the chances of achieving my goals??? Point made?
Thanks for reading and I look forward to talk to you next week!
Segerstrom, S. & Shepton, S. (2010). Optimistic expectancies and cell-mediated immunity: The role of positive affect. Psychological Science, 21(3), 448-55.