It may sound simple, but there are many real, tangible benefits to having a positive outlook on life. If you find yourself rolling your eyes and tempted to press the “close” button at the mention of “positive thinking,” stick with us for a moment! Though it can feel a little trite at times, learning how to live with a positive outlook is something we can foster and develop with intentional practices. Positive thinking is not just sunshine and rainbows, it’s hard work with some really phenomenal results.
Don’t take our word for it; science proves that having a general positive outlook on life yields many health benefits.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that having a positive outlook on life reduced the likelihood of having a heart attack by 33% among people with a known family history of heart disease.
Additionally, the Mayo clinic notes that people with a positive outlook have their negative counterparts beat in all of these areas of health:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Have I convinced you that this is something to pay attention to, yet? (Also, did you notice that many of these benefits are very helpful for living an alcohol-free life?) Yes? Great.