Why Positive Thinking Matters (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 134)
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
— Mark Twain
In popular culture, “think positive,” “be happy,” and “keep your chin up” are now well-known slogans. We all kind of generally know that we’re supposed to be positive in our attitude, thoughts, and actions. Posting affirmations and rehearsing sunny statements to ourselves is, for some, a morning ritual.
But why does being positive matter so much? Well, for starters, if you’re busy thinking positively, you’re not busy thinking negatively. And that’s a lot of progress for most of us. The more positive we are, the less depressed, sad, and worried we are. After all, no one wants to be around such a person.
Research takes us much deeper than that. There are real benefits to deliberately cultivating an optimistic attitude toward life. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychology researchers believe that positivity expands our awareness and our ability to see the big picture, connect with others, develop energy, and build resilience.
Researches at Yale University found correlations between pessimism and decreased response from the immune system when it comes to fighting infections. Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic discovered that people who choose to be optimistic have decreased levels of heart disease and live longer. Dr. Martin Seligman, widely considered to be the founder of Positive psychology has nearly 300 published works on how positive people see failure, have deeper relationships, and are more resilient.
So, it turns out Pollyanna was right. Being positive isn’t just a topic of popular psychology research. It is a way of conscientious life for many people. Optimism breeds inner happiness, peace of mind, and success. When you look at the lives of people who are famous, you will see that positivity really matters.
Choosing to be positive turns failure into stepping stones of success. It changes setbacks into opportunities. It helps you to focus on what is possible instead of what is seemingly blocking you. Positive thinking keeps the mind focused on finding solutions to difficult problems instead of passing the blame. In a world that seemingly tips the scale more toward pessimism, it pays to be part of the optimistic breed.
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
— Brian Tracy