Positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring reality. But, maintaining a glass-is-half-full outlook may be good for one’s health, says Mayo, noting the following benefits that positive thinking may provide:
- Increased life span.
- Lower rates of depression.
- Lower levels of distress.
- Greater resistance to the common cold.
- Better psychological and physical wellbeing.
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
- Better coping skills during hardships and stressful times.
Positive thinking means approaching an unpleasant situation in a productive way, according to Mayo. It’s never too late to learn how to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. Mayo offers the following tips for doing so:
- Identify areas of life that you typically think negatively about.
- Check yourself throughout the day, and try to put a positive spin on negative thoughts.
- Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, even during stressful times.
- Follow a healthy diet and exercise routine.
- Surround yourself with positive people.