A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty-Winston Churchill
We have heard many times that positive thinking is a key to health, success and happiness. But seldom do we realize or practice it into our own lives. Positive attitude and optimism can bring in a lot of benefits in our life. A person with a positive attitude lives a healthier, happier and a long life.
Positive thinking is known to provide a direction to our life and its benefits in our day-to-day life. It is one of the most effective strategies for stress management and improves our overall wellbeing.
Now let us know what an attitude really is. An attitude is a state of mind, or a way of thinking which we believe is right. A positive attitude, therefore, can be inculcated into our lives if we earnestly make sincere efforts to do so.
Researchers have always stressed upon the beneficial effects of positive thinking and optimism on our health. An optimistic attitude towards life is instrumental in decreasing negative stress and prepares us better to face the hardships of life.
Positive thoughts help to motivate healthy behaviors including good diet and staying physically active. Remember, when our thoughts are in our control, they can be very powerful. We can reach and maintain good health and fitness with the right attitude.
Studies prove the fact that people with positive outlook towards life are more successful in their efforts to lose weight or follow a fitness exercise regime than people with dwindling mind-set or those who are under confident ones. Self-confidence is the key to successful behavior change.
Psychology finds a strong and a direct relationship between positive attitude and good health. Studies reveal the fact that an optimistic attitude early in life ensures good health and well being in later life.
Christopher Petersen, PhD, in his book, A Primer in Positive Psychology, writes about the benefits of positive attitude in our life. He finds that ‘optimism has demonstrable benefits, and pessimism has drawbacks.’ He goes on to add further, ‘..optimism…has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to perseverance and effective problem solving; to academic, athletic, military, occupational, and political success; to popularity; to good health; and even to long life and freedom from trauma.
Your attitude is a matter of your choice. You can choose to have a positive outlook towards life. Once you have made up your mind to think positive, you will start feeling better about yourself and see good results coming your way. So, it is never too late to change your outlook towards life to reap the benefits of a positive attitude.
Living in a highly-competitive world, we might, at some point of time, feel stifled by the stress and strains of life. Here in comes the role of positive thinking to provide a whiff of optimism and help us discover a new meaning in our life. Positive thinking acts as a stimulus to boost our energy levels and recharge us for living life with a positive outlook.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life- says Aristotle.
Life is what we think it should be, or in other words, it is our attitude which colors our thoughts and influences our outlook towards life. Although easier said than done, it becomes all the more important to start taking small but affirmative steps for directing our thought process with a positive attitude towards life. Remember, we become what we think. So, we need to direct our energy towards replacing our negative thoughts with positive thoughts to make life worth living.