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Benefits of Positive Thinking

How to control your brain

Recently, we’ve defined what positive thinking is and how it works. We’ve also cited the work of psychologist Barbara Fredickson which revealed that positive emotions cause us to be more active. The interplay of these variables goes like this: positive emotions = being more active = build better skills (i.e. creative, personal, and social skills). And we know that these constructive skills lead to goal achievement and success, so the cycle goes.

In addition, there’s actually a science behind positive thinking and that empirical research (in the field of positive psychology) has shown that positivity and optimistic attitude are linked to numerous (and very REAL) health benefits. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine, the benefits of positive thinking include:

  • Less stress

  • Longer life span

  • Increased immune system/resistance to common colds

  • Lower risk for depression

  • Better coping skills/improved stress management

  • Lower risk of heart-disease-related deaths

  • Improved physical wellbeing

  • Increased psychological health

There’s also a study of 1,558 elderly people which show that positive thinking potentially reduces frailty during old age. Clearly, positivity strongly impacts both mental and physical health. *

Here is, TV host and motivational speaker, Mel Robbin’s Five Second Rule on how to control your brain and essentially trick your mind out of its default/habitual negative loop. If you want to learn more about how personal positive transformations ripple into a collective successful culture, here also is, Harvard University professor, Shawn Achor’s talk on “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance.”

Are you one who sees the glass half full or half empty? If you’re struggling with an overwhelming negativity (to the point that it affects your emotional and physical health, Jarvis Hypnotherapy is here to help.



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