Positivity is a beautiful thing! While some of the most prolific thought leaders of all time have understood the power of positivity, the benefits to simply maintaining a positive outlook on life are just now beginning to be realized by researchers and scientists. It’s funny how science and ‘reason’ are slowly coming to terms with simple philosophies that have been known for thousands of years.
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. – Mayo Clinic
Steps to Positive Thinking and Better Heart Health
CNN recently published an online article in their Health section outlining the tips ‘to help you think yourself well.’ I want to provide those tips to you and encourage you to actively attempt each and every one of these positive thinking tips this week. If you commit yourself to being more positive in every situation, you can change your health and strengthen your heart.
Experts agree that the first step in positive thinking is to own your thoughts. You are in control of your feelings, the thoughts that run through your head, and the actions. You are in charge of your reactions to situations. It is you, and no else, who needs to decide whether you want to see the glass half empty or half full.
Once you completely understand your tendencies, you can begin to change them.
Reframe Your Thoughts
Hopefully you’ve accomplished step one, and you understand your own tendencies enough to notice them when they arise. Now, when you find yourself in a situation that would normally leave you talking in negative terms, either in your head or out loud, you can alter those emotions to become positive.
Recognize and Move On
If your tendencies involve negative thoughts and feelings, take a moment to recognize those negative thoughts and move on. Your brain can still believe something is negative, but your actions and your emotions don’t have to follow. Yes, it is possible to have a negative thought or feeling, we all do, and accept that it won’t change your actions or emotions.
Most negative emotions and thoughts are a direct result of fear – specifically fear of what’s to come. Fear of the future is an acceptable emotion, but you can’t let it rule your actions. Live in the moment, right here right now, and you’ll find that your negative emotions and fears will subside. Train your mind to live in the now with mindful meditation practices every day.
Some people just can’t shake those negative thoughts. In those moments when you find yourself having a negative thought and those fears start pouring in, you need a happy trigger point – something that you can do, listen to or look at that will take those negative thoughts away. A happy song or a vacation photo might be one of those trigger points that get you out of a bad space.
Maintaining a happy attitude and a positive outlook on life is an integral part of living heart healthy. #Didyouknow that even the foods you eat and the amount of sleep you get can contribute to a negative attitude. Consider trying Cardio Juvenate Plus, our heart healthy supplement, to help you get on the right track to eating healthy and changing your life!