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Positive mind, better health

You’ve heard it many times, “Think positively”, and if you aren’t an optimist, this phrase could be annoying, but there are real health benefits to positive thinking.  You don’t have to be overly happy all the time, but a little positivity can go a long way.

Lowers cholesterol
One of the main causes of cholesterol is an unhealthy lifestyle and one of the best ways to combat this is to live positively and to use positive affirmations. Positive affirmations can be as easy as making short optimistic statements that you repeat on a daily basis, to change your pessimistic thoughts to healthy ones. In time, your behaviour will change for the better.

Combats depression
Pessimistic thinking is one of the factors in depression, so thinking positively can help combat depression. Cognitive therapy, in which changing thought patterns to help improve people’s moods, has become a major part of treating depression.

Ups your immunity
Negative thinking may cause certain areas of the brain to weaken your immune response to flu medication and your immune system’s ability to fight the common cold and flu.

Helps you to cope with diseases
Research has discovered that a positive attitude can help you to recover faster and cope better with serious diseases like heart diseases and cancer. This is because you are more open to treatment and living in a healthy way, which will improve your coping mechanisms.

Helps with stressors
Thinking positively can help you to cope better during difficult times and help reduce stress.  It is important to evaluate any negative thoughts and try to counteract them with positive and logical thinking.

Protects your heart
Stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, which is associated with pessimistic thinking, are major contributors to heart disease. If you are a positive thinker, you may lower your chances of heart failure, as being positive may help you to cope better with stress and motivate you to lead a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise.

Pauses the clock
Keeping your brain active and your thoughts positive, are very important in ageing gracefully and slowing down the process. If you have a negative attitude towards ageing, then the lifestyle you lead may lead to early ageing. If you think positively about ageing, you will lead a healthy lifestyle by keeping your mind and body active.

Good to know

  • Spend time with positive people and you may pick up positive habits.
  • Understand your negative thoughts and always try to replace them with positive encouraging ones.
  • Create daily lists of things you are grateful for, this will remind you to stay positive because of all the good in your life.




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