Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
To understand the effect of positive thinking, it’s helpful to think about negative thinking first. Most negative emotions, such as fear or anger, are designed to help with survival. They cause us to take swift and effective action to save ourselves from whatever is threatening us. This means that they also prevent us from being distracted by other things around us.
So far, so good, in survival terms. If there’s a bear standing in front of you, you don’t want to stop to pick flowers.
But negative thinking is not so great in more modern settings. If you’ve got a lot to do, and you’re worried that you won’t get it all done, the last thing you need is for your brain to shut down and focus only on how long your ‘To Do’ list has got.
Being negative can lead you to:
- create negative feelings
- lower your self esteem
- project your weaknesses onto other people
- make communication with others more difficult
Positive thinking means you accept that everyone is their own person and has their own role in life and you accept situations and deal with them or transform them with a positive attitude.
If your back, leg or arm aches and your mind is focused on the discomfort it brings then think of our wounded servicemen/women who suffered life changing injuries and how they use positive thinking to overcome their disabilities.