impact of positive thinking in life

Think positive, live happy: 4 ways positive thinking impacts your wellbeing

Positive thoughts offer hope in the worst of times.Having a positive attitude gives you the courage and resourcefulness to face even seemingly life-threatening situations.

Since school days, I have been mesmerized by a phrase in Physics that goes like this, ‘electricity flows from the positive terminal’. I still remember my teacher with her ususal stern demeanour, describing the positive terminal of an electric circuit as the originator of current. One day, I dared to ask why is it that the positively charged end is deemed as the starting point? To which she answered with a laugh, “Simply because it makes the negatively charged terminal release its negativity, known as electrons.” Little did I realise that this was about to become a life lesson on positive thinking that i would follow for a heathy body and mind for the rest of my life.

Positive thoughts offer a glimmer of hope in times all seems lost. And having a positive attitude gives us the courage to face even seemingly life-threatening situations. Here, Soulveda shares how positive thinking impacts our physical health and wellbeing.

Positive thoughts and attitude transform you

Positive thinking is like a light house that guides our ship in turbulent waters to the shore, that too with a sense of joy. The human body’s immune system too, is wired for appropriate defence only if negative emotions are kept at bay. One has to keep looking for inspiring thoughts and maintain one’s optimism to keep sorrows at bay. Every day may not be good, but there will surely be something good at the end of each day. This is why we must keep ourselves open to positive notions of life which we may miss with a gloomy mindset.

Experts agree, it all happens in the mind. Keeping our brain inundated with positive emotions helps brain function better and in turn, our body responds strongly. Even in distress or illness, cultivating positive thoughts boosts the immune system and counters depression. A positive attitude has the power to even increase one’s longevity with improved physical health. If you have a positive outlook on life, it can enhance your coping skills and even build immunity against common infections.

Positivity leads to wellbeing

Wellbeing is an entirely immersive experience of sound health, a happy state of mind and a general sense of prosperity. When you wake up fresh every morning, with a healthy body free of any ailments, you start the day on a positive note. This motivates you to indulge in physical activities like walking, cycling, yoga or doing intense workout – in short, helps in releasing feel good neurotransmitters known as endorphins and reducing the stress hormone called cortisol.

Positive thinking brings with it good health which in turn induces hormones that fill your heart with happiness. A joyous state of mind makes you feel high and removes any chances of negativity or negative self-talk that might creep in.

Building a habit of thinking only positive thoughts elevates your mind and body to a level where you feel blessed and are filled with gratitude, thus enabling a sense of prosperity. This, combined with health-conscious actions and emotional intelligence lead us to true wellbeing. Emotional wellbeing is that positive energy and formidable force that enables us to reach our true potential. It is definitely not the absence of negative emotions but the immunity of good thoughts that allow us to be tough when facing turbulent times.

A self-sustaining loop of goodness

With a greater sense of wellbeing, you begin to enjoy the process of being well. This kind of happiness has an incredibly positive emotional impact on your health, eliminating your suffering and relieving daily stress. With a healthy body and mind, you can pursue meaningful relationships and creative activities, enriching your life with more wellness. For example, strengthened muscles give you encouragement to exercise more. Exercising helps with better immune and digestive system and makes you seek a nourishing and healthy diet. A healthy gut empowers you with a better functioning brain, which motivates you to take up physically challenging tasks, developing your muscles further.

This positive chakra and a gratifying life gives you a level of optimism which none can match. This optimism gives you a sense of good things in life that enables you to make positive choices and add value. This  in turn makes a positive impact on others’ lives as well. An Arabian proverb sums this up beautifully, “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.”

Positive thoughts as silver linings

Problems and emotional upheavals are an integral part of life, what matters is how you perceive and manage them. Even the darkest clouds present a silver lining and positive thinking is one such silver lining.

What happens is that positive thoughts focus on your mind lens, training your brain to look for good things in life, no matter how minuscule they might be. One positive neuron is all you need for a blissful day. Steadily, positive thoughts guide you to practice gratitude. For instance, think of an event or person who has given you a reason to be happy. When you thank them, hard times tend to pass by easily.

So keep collecting helpful messages and powerful quotes to remind yourself when in need, and you may never feel overwhelmed again. Positive attitude is to consciously indulge in positive self-talk. Repeatedly, give yourself reassuring messages and focus on sentences that are optimistic in nature. With a positive attitude, you open yourself up for humour and cheer too. They say laughter is the best medicine and with good reason.

Last but not the least, start every day on a positive note. A morning prayer, a walk in the park, cooking a meal for the whole family or even reading motivational articles can fill you with tremendous energy for the day.

As the Sun rises everyday, you can also start anew as a happier, healthier being. As the Dalai Lama once shared,we must choose to be optimistic as it feels better. It definitely does.




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