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Benefits of Positive Thinking

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We have all heard about it at least once before. The power of the universe and how you can attract those things your heart desires to you through the law of attraction and positive thinking. While some may not necessarily believe this studies are proving otherwise. Positive thinking does not mean all is well in the world and there are rainbows spanning every city. Positive thinking means approaching the challenges we face in life with a positive outlook. Everything is not rosy and peachy and while we can’t always control what comes we can control our attitudes towards it.

For those of you who have seen the increasingly popular film ‘The Secret’ it has tremendous truth. For example, there is a portion in the film that discusses thinking negatively. You may wake up in the morning and hit nasty traffic on the way to work which alters your entire mood for the worse. From that point on it seems as if nothing else in the day can go right.

Negative thinking individuals often times blame themselves when bad things happen, and don’t accept credit for successful events. Blaming yourself for events outside of your control or viewing these unfortunate events as a persistent part of your life can have a detrimental impact on your state of mind. Positive thinkers are more apt to use an optimistic explanatory style, but the way in which people attribute events can also vary depending upon the exact situation. For example, a person who is generally a positive thinker might use a more pessimistic explanatory style in particularly challenging situations, such as at work or at school (psychology.about.com).
Empirical research is proving that there is a wealth of health benefits linked entirely too positive thinking and optimistic attitudes. A few include:

• Increased physical well being
• Lower rates of depression
• Less stress
• Longer life span
• Better stress management and coping skills
• Lower risk of cardiovascular disease-related health

Overall, there is more energy needed mentally to continuously think positive and find the sunshine while standing in the rain. The health benefits that you gain by making this change are unmatched and well worth the effort.

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