Thinking positively helps almost every aspect of your life. It makes you feel better, it makes you more likeable and it makes you mind less when things go wrong. One perk that most people don’t recognise is that it can actually have a positive effect on your health outside your mind as well. So if you go out into the world thinking as well as you can, you might just live longer as well as better.
Behavioural Effects of Positivity
Acting like a happy person is actually really healthy. Happy people are motivated, they don’t get put off their food, they sleep, they clean their homes and surroundings and they socialise with others. All of these things are good for your health. In short, positive people take better care of themselves. Simple as that.
Stress Related Illnesses
One of the biggest pieces of advice doctors give people when they are unwell is ‘reduce stress’. Stress related illnesses are common and can be horrible. Stress leads to a lack of ability to eat, drink, even sleep correctly. Being unable to maintain a simple upkeep on your own body is a real problem and you might not even notice that you’re doing it. Keeping a positive outlook keeps things in perspective, perspective reduces stress.
Blood pressure is tied into stress related illnesses, but serious enough that it deserves its own category. As you grow older a stressed, angry, negative life is one of the biggest causes of high blood pressure. The stress and temper issues build up over your lifespan and you end up with blood pressure issues. Keeping calm, positive, even happy, will allow you reduce your blood pressure without doing annoying things like changing your diet.
Humours Effects on a Body
Humour is one of the most amazing things you can do for your body. It might seem silly but keeping a good positive sense of humour will hold off a number of things. Keeping yourself happy and positive will increase cell function throughout the body. It will allow your body to oxygenate and repair itself better and assist you in building up your immune system and resisting diseases.
One of the biggest problems with depression is the fact that you lose your energy quickly. Positivity effects that in pretty much the opposite way. A positive person’s body processes essential chemicals more efficiently and burns energy less. This effectively allows you to do more and burn energy less, all that for the price of a smile.
Obviously these aren’t the only benefits and a person wishing to find out more should contact a psychologist, books, or websites like www.talkingminds.com.au for information on the effects of positivity and support on methods to remain positive. Staying happy will allow you to do more without making yourself sick, and to live longer and happier.