Positive Thinking: Why It Is Important And Why We Owe It To Ourselves
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Positive thinking is a state of mind that insinuates a wide range of feelings accompanying it. Optimism, hope, inspiration, love, excitement, joy, contentment, and gratitude are some of them to name but a few.
It is the starting point to living a meaningful and satisfying life.
The self-development and life-coaching fields don’t miss a chance to accentuate positive thinking’s effectiveness on our well-being. But is all the fuss around it justified? And if so, why?
Well, this is what you will find out in this article.
What is positive thinking?
In its essence, having an optimistic attitude is actually the practice of focusing on the good in any given situation.
This however doesn’t mean you should not be a realist and ignore what is really happening; what it means is to have cultivated an approach to accepting the good and bad in life and expect that things will go well.
Positive thinking is not about illusions or having Pollyanna’s syndrome but about “organizing” your inner world in a way that your everyday thoughts and actions highlight the good that surrounds you while you refrain from pessimistic projections in the future or a victimhood mentality.
As the saying goes, every cloud has its silver lining.
Optimistic thinkers don’t focus on the cloud and worry. Instead, they believe that clouds are unavoidable and temporary and that what hides behind them will have something good to offer them.
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Uplifting Your Life: The Benefits of Positive Thinking
What are the benefits of positive thinking?
Generally speaking, an optimistic mindset can have a great impact on your physical and mental health. Research has shown over the years that optimists are happier people and deal better with the adversities life brings up. The benefits can be numerous.
The benefits regarding your relationships
Positive thinking helps you focus on the positive aspects of the people around you, show more empathy and understanding, and also resolve any problems and differences in a more constructive way.
In addition, “positivity” in your attitude and expression certainly makes you more pleasant to be around and thus more attractive to your friends and family but also your colleagues and partner.
No one likes pessimists and miserly people because misery is contagious. And so optimism and positivity so why not choose the second and most effective one?
Life, after all, consists mostly of relationships. A positive mindset will help you build a wide and supportive net of them.
2. DREAMS & GOALS
The benefits regarding achieving your goals
Whatever way you define success and whatever small or big goals you set in your life, a positive attitude is definitely your ally in achieving them. An optimistic outlook leads to positive action and equips you with patience and perseverance.
In other words, you don’t succumb easily to mishaps, and you don’t spend energy and time contemplating what is missing or whom to blame. You just take things as they come and expect the best.
Research has shown that regularly engaging in activities that “fill” you with positivity. Activities like physical exercise or your favorite hobbies can boost your creativity, efficiency, and adaptability.
They can also motivate you and strengthen you mentally so that you can continue to pursue your dreams and aspirations as well as your personal and professional goals.
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3. MEANINGFUL LIFE
The benefits regarding living a more fulfilled life
Negative thoughts may create wrinkles on your forehead – but they don’t solve your problems. Positive emotions instead, do not grant you eternal happiness, but they are absolutely connected to those small but important moments that give meaning to your life.
Moments like the love that overwhelms you when you hold your newborn, the satisfaction of achieving something great in your career or just the feelings that fill you when you listen to your favorite music.
Experiencing such positive emotional moments and adopting a more optimistic outlook on life as a sequence does not only have a momentary value but helps you expand the scope of your thinking and action and connects you more with the humanity around you and accentuates the meaning of life.
We all came to this planet to live our lives to the fullest, and the only way we can achieve that is by living it through positive thinking and positive vibes only. We owe it to ourselves.
So, having read all the above about positive thinking aren’t you starting to think that acquiring a positive outlook on life will be highly beneficial after all?
4. PHYSICAL HEALTH
The benefits regarding your physical health
- It can help you manage stress better or even eliminate it
- It can help you keep your blood pressure at a low level
- It can minimize the chances of having a heart attack
- It can enhance your immune system and make you more resistant to illness
- It can help you recover faster from any disease or experience milder symptoms
- It improves your overall physical health
- It can prolong your life span
4. MENTAL HEALTH
The benefits regarding your mental health
- It can inspire your imagination and creativity
- It can shield you against melancholy and depression
- It can provide you with clarity and an empowering life vision
- It can boost your problem-solving and coping skills and abilities
- It can your overall sense of being
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Elevate your positive outlook on life
The great leader, Mahatma Gandhi once stated “A man is the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes”.
Given that positive thinking can have such a big impact on how you live your life and the actions you take every day toward your goals don’t you want to follow his quote and start making more beneficial thoughts a.k.a. positive thoughts?
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