4 Really Good Reasons to Think Positively
- Dr. Andrew St. Bernard
For some of us, this comes naturally and there is no convincing needed. Positive thought influences our lives...well...positively! Who wouldn’t want that, right? Yet there are millions of Americans who feel stuck, unhappy, and unfulfilled, and they just can’t seem to beat that negative mindset. In fact, they may be so downtrodden that even the sound of something positive, be it a song, a compliment, or a smile can be an annoyance to them. How did this happen? Weren’t we all once carefree and joyful as kids? What went wrong once we started adulthood? Before you answer that, I want you to consider something. You are only one decision away from a life-change. That’s it. So here are some really good reasons to decide to start thinking positively.
It will make you feel better
Some of this may sound obvious or ridiculous, but we should never underestimate the power of our mind and it’s control over our physiology. Did you know that positive thoughts can release neurotransmitters like dopamine and seratonin? These are our ‘happy’ hormones, and you’ll know this is true when you recall a funny or pleasing memory. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I am keenly interested in the effects of our nervous system on the body, and that includes the lymbic system, which is responsible for emotions. Having more positive thoughts, or ‘looking on the bright side’ can effect these hormones, and thus help you feel better.
It will boost your immune system
It is well documented the effects of stress on the immune system. A study done at Carnegie Mellon University said that participants were exposed to a common cold virus, and the results showed that those who reported being more stressed at that time were much more likely to get sick than those who weren’t. It appears that managing stress better is good for your immune system, and positive psychology can help.
Let’s be honest here - if we could choose to be remembered for something, we’d want it to be good right? Well it turns out that positivity is catching. Even something so simple as a smile can create an impact in someone’s life, and I have heard plenty of stories where one such act made a life and death kind of difference. One of my colleagues recalled a time when he was the only light in his patient’s life, and that patient then went on to thank him for unknowingly thwarting his suicide, just because he shared a positive word of encouragement.
It will create success
Stinking thinking doesn’t bring success. It can’t, only forward thinking can. Forward thinkers are positive thinkers because they see opportunity, not opposition. They see hope, and not hopelessness. They see themselves as a success already, and that’s a very positive thing!