The Key to Success and Good Health
Positive thinking is contagious and can produce encouraging results for society at large and in your personal life. The negativity and fears
brought on by ominous news events often get transformed into favorable and optimistic behaviors. This occurs in widespread fashion. Even the too-often negative movies from Hollywood take a positive turn with such inspiring films as “The King’s Speech,” “The Grace Card” and last year’s “The Blind Side,” a best picture nominee that won an Oscar for Sandra Bullock as a strong and determined mom.
It’s no wonder. Positive thinking not only boosts healthy attitudes and outlooks, but it also results in people’s physical improvements. Just as negativity places obstacles in a person’s ability to overcome adversity, thinking positively generates optimism to affect mental health and well-being.
A positive thinker deals better with everyday stresses in life and copes productively with hardships. The Mayo Clinic recommends putting a positive spin anytime negative thoughts arise. Instead of thinking things are going to get worse, switch your thinking to ways of accomplishing tasks and having faith in those around you. This optimistic view changes your behavior and the reactions of people you know to help improve situations. It even plays a part in spreading good thoughts to trigger a chain of hope and cheer.
Some experts theorize positive thinking can ward off serious diseases and even the common cold by boosting the immune system. Though not yet proven, some studies provide evidence. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed the antibodies of subjects given flu shots during a 2003 study. The volunteers were given tasks that caused negative emotional reactions. Researchers found increased activity in the region of the brain that weakened the subjects’ immune response to the vaccine.
Other studies have found people with optimistic views have better functioning immune cells than those with negative views.
People who suffer from anxiety or depression improve with the help of therapy that focuses on positive thinking. Psychotherapy teaches patients to turn their negative thoughts, which often spark depressive moods and anxiety disorders, into more positive thinking patterns. They learn to understand what causes their negative feelings and how positive emotions bring about better views on situations and improved behavior.