Tips to staying positive

“Let us try to see things from their better side:
You complain about seeing thorny rose bushes;
Me, I rejoice and give thanks to the gods
That thorns have roses.”
– Anonymous

We’ve all experienced it: the encroachment of negative thoughts into what could otherwise be fulfilling days. Although it may seem obvious that positivity is a better route than the alternative, it’s easy for a dark cloud to envelop our perspectives. Positivity, though, seems to be crucial to happiness. In fact, the mainstream medical community backs up that assumption.

An article published earlier this month by the Mayo Clinic explored maintenance of a positive attitude as a tool with possible health benefits. Specifically, negative self-talk was characterized as a practice that should be overcome to minimize personal stress levels and optimize one’s wellness. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

Recent scientific research reveals that attitude – a positive or negative worldview or perspective on a given situation – has broad implications for wellness. Stress-reduction is an established tool that improves attitude and correlates with improved health as well.

Keys to positivity & benefits

Self-talk is the general thoughts you express toward yourself but do not necessarily reveal to the world. More optimistic forms of conversation within your mind suggest a positive perspective, which in turn can improve the functionality of your body.

Why is positivity so valuable for health?

  • Longer life expectancy
  • Less chance of depression or anxiety
  • Less chance of catching a cold (improved immunity)
  • Stronger physical and mental health
  • Enhanced circulation and less vulnerability to major cardiac events
  • Optimized adaptability during potentially stressful experiences.
It’s not known, at least within Western medicine, why positivity leads to wellness. Potentially the key point is that last item listed above: if high-stress scenarios are less likely to arise (and to be powerfully felt by the body), the typical damage to health that stress performs cannot occur. Additionally, it’s incredibly likely that those who have more optimistic attitudes are less prone to engaging in self-destructive habits (such as drinking and smoking), as well as tending to exercise regularly and get strong nutrition.

Types of negative self-talk

A few ways that you might express pessimism within your own mind include the following:
  • Filtration – You may tend to filter out the positive things that happened to you during the day, only paying attention to the “coarser” components, the negative events.
  • Taking it personally – Negativity also arises when a person assumes a negative event resulted from her own mistakes or shortcomings. If someone takes a rain check on a date, you may immediately feel it’s because the person doesn’t like you.
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It’s easy to develop a pattern of negative thinking. Work on the self-talk not just for an improved perspective but for numerous health benefits. Don’t filter for the bad experiences or assume you are the driving force behind them. Certified life coach Julie Vie can help alleviate your pessimism and develop your inner muse: 888-988-MUSE (6873).

 

By Kent Roberts