Can you think your way to a stress-free life? It is possible to reduce the amount of stress you feel by having positive thoughts about the things that happen in your daily life.
Most of us have had someone say “Think positive!” or “Look on the bright side.” when something didn’t go quite right. As unwilling and difficult as that may be, there is some truth to it. Positive thinking can reduce your stress level, help you feel better about yourself (and the situation) and improve your overall well-being and outlook. The only problem is that it’s not always easy to be positive and some circumstances make it more of a challenge than others. The good news is that, with a little work on turning around your negative thoughts, you can become an optimist!
A Positive attitude, a longer life.
Positive thinking reduces stress and improves health by keeping the obstacles of life in perspective. There is very little in our lives that we are not truly capable of taking on. That’s one of the benefits of being a human being. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.
If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.
Practicing positive thinking every day.
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you.
When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.