A lot of people would ask me “are you an optimist or a pessimist?”, and I always find it to be quite a difficult question to answer. So many of us believe that we are optimists – those who always see the glass as half full, and generally look at life from a more positive perspective. But how true is this, really? A study carried out by Our World In Data found that both globally and generally, the human race is more negative than positive in everyday life. In truth, it is so much easier to be negative, to predict for everything to go wrong, to predict the worst outcomes, and not get our hopes up too high just in case we are disappointed. However, by being so pessimistic, are we actually doing more harm than good?
There are a number of medical, physical, emotional and spiritual factors that are significantly improved by being an optimist. By making a small number of changes in the way we think, feel and behave, we are able to turn our viewpoint around, and be able to answer the original question at the top of this post with an element of poised confidence..
“.. of course I’m an optimist.. duh..”
1. The Law of Attraction
The law of attraction in itself is a method of positive thinking, and if you use it well, you will gain the ability to change the way you approach life and all of its’ challenges. The concept of this statement is that you attract what you feel, and also what you think. If you were a pessimist, then you might think that you’re a failure. According to the law of attraction, if you think you’re a failure, then, well, you will be a failure. The aim is to use this theory to your advantage, and to not let negative thoughts consume you. Like attracts alike. If you truly believe that you are successful, then you will be successful. If you see the best possible outcome of every situation, then it will manifest itself into reality. There is true power behind the law of attraction, it can and will change your life. If you want to read more about the law of attraction, click here.
2. Increased Resilience
Following this, positive thinking has the power to improve the way we cope in a number of different situations. If you can mentally tell yourself that you are strong enough to get through whatever life decides to throw at you, then you will, and you’ll do it well. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool, and it has the ability to change the outcome of a situation – all depending on what you choose to tell it.
3. Healthier Relationships
By choosing to live with a happier mentality, you will start to see the good in everything, including people. You will see people’s good intentions, and their qualities that make them who they are. Having this outlook on life can radiate significant amounts of positive energy out of you, and allow you to have more open, trusting and meaningful relationships with those around you.
4. You’ll Be Glowing
I’m not lying when I say you’ll be radiating positive energy. You will literally be glowing. When I started adopting these techniques, people were asking what my skincare routine was and where they could buy the products that I use. By smiling and being genuinely and indescribably happy, you will be releasing anti-oxidants into your body, much like the physical effects of exercise. (Who needs a gym membership, anyway?!)
5. Improved Mental Health
A number of studies have been carried out that show a direct link between positive thinking and improved mental health. Hell, I’ve even seen it in myself, so it must be true, right? Seeing the good in all situations helps you to feel more content with your life, and it really can become your natural instinct to think in this way, if you practice it enough.
6. What Were Problems Before, Are Opportunities Now
Obtaining a positive attitude, as previously stated, can help to see the good in all situations. With this said, what you may have previously seen as a problem that prevented you from doing something, could now become an opportunity to change direction, to focus on something else more important. As the common saying goes, “as one door closes, another door opens”. Opportunities are everywhere; they are just too often disguised as ‘change’ to the negativity and uncertainty that lies within us.
“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand”.
7. Higher Motivation
Much like increased opportunity, if you have a positive outlook on life and everything in it, you will have a significantly higher motivation and drive to succeed, to achieve, and to ‘become’. By adopting this attitude, you almost have the element of invincibility. Nothing can falter you; everything is going to work out in the end. This belief is enough to motivate you to do whatever you want to. If you believe that you are capable of anything, who is going to stand in your way?
8. Better Stress Management
Lastly, the final power of positive thinking is the ability to handle stress exceedingly well in comparison to your more negative peers. Of course, no element of positivity is ever going to eradicate stress for good (that would be too magical for a mortal world,) however managing it well will put you above most of your peers in terms of kicking life’s butt. Radiating positivity will take up far too much of your mental airspace to even allow room for stress to manifest itself into your thought pattern. As well as this, you will believe in your capability, so will be less likely to feel overwhelmed by stress in the first place. (It’s a win-win, so why not??)
In short, positive thinking can work wonders for a number of different factors associated to your wellbeing. I would love to hear how positivity has affected your life as it has with mine, please feel free to comment and share your stories!