Do you believe that positive thoughts will make everything look better or you think that if you always think the worst will be prepared when the inevitable disappointment?
They are written thousands of books that try to convince you that the positive and optimistic thinking and behavior will help you succeed, to better health and longer life. But is there truth in them and is there evidence that will confirm this?
The power of optimism
Positive thinking has many advantages. Hundreds of scientific studies show that optimism can affect not only the physical and mental health but also the improvement of lifestyle. Optimists may enjoy the many beneficial effects.
If you live by the motto “Always watch from the bright side of life” will not only feel better but you will live longer. Study in America with 100,000 women aged 50 years, was intended to monitor their health on average 8 years. During the study, were watching the level of mortality and chronic diseases. The results of this large study show that there is a link between optimism and risk of cancer, heart disease and early death. Women who were optimistic were 14 percent less likely to die of any disease and 30% less likely to die of heart attacks than pessimists. Also, women with positive thinking less suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes.
2.Good physical health
Optimism reflects positively on physical health. During the 35-year study was followed in the life of the 99 participants who graduated from Harvard University. Before the study was considered whether the optimists or pessimists. After 35 years, when physicians assessed their health, found that those who were pessimists had poorer health at the age of 45-60 years compared with optimists.
3.Good emotional health
Positive thinking leads not only to improve the physical, but emotional health. Research conducted with hospitalized patients diagnosed with depression showed that 12 weeks of cognitive therapy to promote positive thinking helps patients to deal with depression and is better than treatment with medication. The reason for this finding is that therapy helps patients in the long term to reduce depression, unlike drugs that act short.