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.

 

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