Senin, 31 Oktober 2011

Positive Thinking and How It Can Affect Your Health

There are always going to be downfalls in life, the way you deal with them will determine their outcome. The use of obstacles to grow stronger is the way that people in high efficacy handle their problems. If you suffer from depression and you do not have it treated, it could lead to suicide, states The National Alliance of Mental Illness. Depression is triggered by a number of different factors, including environmental factors, dysfunctional thinking, or a chemical imbalance in the brain. These can all cause an individual to become depressed.

The question often asked is "if your glass is half empty or half full?" The way in which you answer this question often determines your outlook on life. If your negative thinking and attitude is extreme it can even affect your health.

Hara Estroff Mano the editor of Psychology Today states that by training ourselves in cognitive thinking we can eradicate negative thinking. We can do this by changing our negative thoughts to positive thinking. This process can assist in preventing depression. In order to change how you feel you must first change the way that you think.

A study carried out by Dr Sheldon Cohen of 334 people between the ages of 18 to 34 found that those who reported frequent negative thinking caught the cold virus that was administered to them as part of the test. Those who described themselves as feeling happy did not catch the virus quickly.

A similar study was conducted by Dr Suzanne Segerstorm of 124 students studying law. She found that the participants who were given injections which formed bumps on the skin either large or small depending on the level of your immunity affected those who felt optimistic with small bumps and those who did not feel optimistic with large bumps.

These studies suggest that having a pessimistic attitude in life can have an effect on your health. However if you suffer from negative thinking there are a number thinks that you can to master the art of positive thinking.

One of the first steps on the road to positive thinking is to acknowledge that you have a problem with negative thoughts. You will then need to monitor your thoughts by writing down all negative thoughts. Seeing the thoughts face to face gives you the opportunity to challenge whether or not these thoughts are rational or not. You will then need to replace those thoughts with positive ones.

It is not going to be easy to challenge your thought process, but you have to start somewhere. You should never underestimate the power of positive thinking and how it can change your life.

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