There are many benefits to positive thinking. Many people belief that if you start the day off with positive thinking then you have a greater chance of having a good day. Another school of thought suggests that positive thinking attracts good people and good things to come your way. I believe both things to be true. A positive mindset will put you in a much better position to not see every challenge or difficult situation as the end of the world. The great news is that a positive mindset also comes with some health benefits.
Better Heart Health and Positivity
There is scientific evidence that says that positivity can lead to a healthier heart. When we think negatively or have a negative outlook, stress hormones are released. This results in a higher heart rate and a rise in your blood pressure. Having a positive mindset leads to less stress hormones being released which limits the amount of stress being put on your cardiovascular system. A positive mindset can help ensure that your health is not under any additional or unnecessary stress that can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease.
Positive Thinking Can Increase Life Span
A positive mindset can add years to your life. It can sometimes keep you away from those things that unhealthy thoughts can lead you. Negative thinking can send you down a rabbit hole that can lead to self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism, drug use, or unhealthy eating habits. All of these things can lead to a decrease in your life span. Those individuals who keep a positive mindset are more likely to do those things that make them feel good and are healthy. Exercising, healthy eating habits, and lower stress levels can add years to your life.
Positive Mindsets and Increased Pain Tolerance
Your positive thinking can even impact how much pain you can tolerate. For example, When you are in pain or when you are thinking about something that may be painful, the way you think about the pain can impact your experience. Thinking you are not going to be able to deal with your current or impending pain increases your stress levels which increases your pain levels. Thinking positive thoughts reduces your anxiety and helps you to focus on something other than pain. This lowers your stress levels which can lead to an increase in pain tolerance.
Positive Thinking And Better Coping Skills
Positive thinking enables you to see the most positive outcome in a situation. Negative thinking can lead you to make one bad decision that can lead to other bad decisions. This cycle of perpetual bad decision making can lead to bad outcomes such as hopelessness, high stress levels, and chronic anxiety. Positive mindsets lead to positive coping skills. These are the coping skills that relieve anxieties and not perpetuate it. Mediation, journaling, and seeking therapy or counseling are all healthy ways of coping with challenging situations. You are far more likely to choose positive coping skills when you have a positive mindset.
Comment below and tell me how you maintain a positive mindset? What are some other health benefits of a positive mindset that you would add to this list?