Does positive thinking even has any real effect on a women’s mental health and physical health? Or, can a change in your thinking actually heal or worsen your health? To answer it shortly, Yes, according to a scientific study conducted by university of Pennsylvania. People who responded optimistically towards situations tend to live longer than those who responded pessimistically to the adversity.
Adversity and stress are some things that we encounter on a regular basis. A quick test of your state of optimism is the reaction you have while reading the above paragraphs. Some people gain confidence and hope from the news while others start muttering something negative and start feeling helpless. We have seen almost all the reactions in the life but unfortunately negative one’s seem to be more common.
According to a survey by parade magazine, 250,000 women said that number one problem that they face everyday is stress. One way to overcome stress is to think optimistically in every situation and find a solution to the problem.
Some women come up with “But I don’t have any imagination”. Yes you do. Everytime when you worry about something that hasn’t happened you have imagined the worst. You visualize your worries using your imagination, instead you should use the same process and this time imagine the things going right instead of going wrong.
You become what you think
Author james allen wrote this poetic advice well over 100 years ago:
“Strong, pure and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and pliable instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it.
Thought is the fount of action, life and manifestations; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure.
If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.
As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome home unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene face can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and good will and serenity.
There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with good will for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison. But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all –such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.”
What makes a healthy personality? According to Emerson, “An individual has a healthy personality to the exact degree to which they have the propensity to look for the good in every situation.”
Try that for one day. Look for the good in every situation. Find the silver lining in every cloud. See if you don’t have a better day than usual.
When you meet up with someone who is thinking negative, remember this little joke and smile: When a grouch was given this advice he said, “I was going to try positive thinking once… but then I figured what the heck is the use in trying.”
It is not our fault if we experiencing such issues. We should not keep ourselves from it because it will not help us if we do not face it, and often this can lead to the worst outcome. It is better if you reach out to others for help like a psychologist, psychiatrist or even your family. Always keep in mind that mental illness should not be taken lightly, thus, it should be treated immediately. If treatment is successful, you can enjoy your life again.