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Transforming Negative Thinking Into Positive Thinking

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Transforming Negative Thinking Into Positive Thinking

Positive thinking could change your overall wellness for the better.

Yes, I know that sounds like a hoax or something you’d see in a motivational novel, but more and more studies are showing the power of positive thinking. Turns out, training your mind to look at the positive side of things before the negative may have mental and physical benefits.

How positive thinking can improve wellness

positive thinkingStudies have found that those who “collect” little moments of happiness throughout each day are much better off in overall wellness.

These aren’t moments like winning the lottery, they’re moments like seeing a beautiful bird or someone holding the door open for you.

It’s easy to skim over those lovely moments in the hustle and bustle of daily life, but research shows that recognizing those moments can significantly impact your health. Instead of waiting for one huge “happy” thing to happen, it’s about noticing all the little bits of happiness around you.

That same study discovered that you can train yourself to transform negative thinking into positive thinking. In just six weeks of a compassion and kindness focused type of meditation, individuals were experiencing not just more positive thinking and tendencies towards social behavior, but also had physical improvements.

The training improved the functioning of one of the essential parts related to heart rate. That alone makes the researchers believe the health benefits of positive thinking are immense in the long-run.

A psychologist at the University of North Carolina and leader of the research, Barbara Fredrickson, explained the importance of the research:

“The results suggest that taking time to learn the skills to self-generate positive emotions can help us become healthier, more social, more resilient versions of ourselves.”

Another study found that negative emotions are associated with slower recovery times in the amygdala (the region of the brain that deals with processing fear, anxiety, etc.). The researchers also found that a slower recovery time in the amygdala was associated with a greater likelihood of developing many health issues down the road.

Good news, though; positive thinking increased the recovery time of the amygdala. Since we know that getting into the habit of positive thinking isn’t impossible, it could be incredibly beneficial to integrate this type of training into our daily lives–even for those who aren’t very negative.

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For more information about how we inspire positive thinking at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.

 

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