Benefits of Positive Thinking
I bet you didn't know, or maybe you did, but science has been quietly on the side of positive thinking. Cynics might tell you that it’s all New Age spiritual woo-woo, but that’s actually not true at all. In fact, science shows you are better off when you hold on to happy thoughts and keep an optimistic view of life than your peers who always choose to feel negative.
A lot of scientific research has been done to provide cold, hard evidence that positive thinking makes people truly healthier and happier. Take a look at the following health benefits of positive thinking below.
It slows down aging process
Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows older people who don't enjoy their lives are 80% more likely to experience functional problems, such as less mobility, falling, and incontinence. This finding is supplemented by a separate study in JAMA Psychiatry, which shows that when adults are optimistic,they are 55% less likely to die earlier than their Debbie Downer counterparts.
It Makes your immune system stronger
It is my belief that when you're more optimistic, and live in such a way that reflects that, you are taking care of yourself and doing things that are beneficial to the mind body connection. That said, Scientists have yet to prove the exact physiological mechanism that makes this possible. However, current scientific research proves positive thinkers have a stronger immune system and are better equipped to fight off bad bacteria and viruses. A study published in Psychological Science shows how positive-thinking students were able to ward off the common cold more easily than students who had a bleaker outlook in life.
A Healthy Heart
Regular practice of positive thinking, whether through meditation, relaxation, hypnotherapy or writing every day in a gratitude journal, strengthens your heart and helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. One study showed positive people are less prone to accumulating plaque buildup in the arteries and developing coronary heart disease. Subsequent research published in the same journal shows they are also far less likely to experience a heart failure.
Reduces the Effects of Stress
Several studies have shown that people who make a habit of thinking positively are better able to cope with stressful times. They also feel less stressed overall. Positive thinkers also feel more confident with themselves and are less likely to feel depressed when facing stressful life events. I think this comes from the mindset of "a bad day doesn't equal a bad life". One study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology shows that positive thinkers are generally happier than people who look at the glass half-empty. When you are able to see your life on the brighter side of things, you are less likely to feel like your life is a never ending tunnel of darkness. Remember, you are what you think!
Improves fertility for both sexes
Remembering what you just read above about all of the ways that positive thinking can help, by relieving stress, and science proves that relieving stress can improve your chances of getting pregnant. Cortisol is the hormone released when we are stressed, and it's the most primitive hormone, dominating the rest in our body, because it triggers the "Fight or Flight" response. When cortisol is released, it will dominate the FSH, Progesterone and Estrogen levels which are all needed to conceive. It also will cause spasms in the uterus and fallopian tubes, making pregnancy more difficult as well. So you can see what it is very important to reduce stress. In research published in the International Journal of Fertility, scientists discovered that infertile couples felt way more stressed than fertile ones. Furthermore, in another study published in the Oxford Journals, women reported feeling less stressed on the month of conception, which supports the idea that feeling calm and relaxed is a key component of fertility. This is why you often hear of women saying "when we quit trying, and just relaxed, it finally happened".