The benefits of positive thinking are many.
We have 60,000 thoughts a day on average. And 95% of the thoughts you have today are the SAME thoughts you had yesterday!
So, you can imagine that it’s beneficial to your wellbeing for some of those thoughts to feel good!
5 Benefits of Positive Thinking
There are many benefits of positive thinking. Since, you do have control of some percentage of your thoughts, you’ll be WAY happier if those thoughts are positive.
Here are 5 benefits of positive thinking.
1. Positive thinking helps you fulfill your destiny.
We’re talking destiny here… you have someone you’re meant to be and you need positive thinking or better yet, high-vibe thinking™ to arrive there.
Why is that?
If you’re meant to be a great leader, teacher, helper, healer, writer, painter… and you think negatively, you’re unlikely to get there.
Wouldn’t that be sad?
Of course, it’s sad!
It’s why I wrote The Thought Store: 8 Simple Thinking Habits for Work and Life! Negative self talk and negative thinking will suck the joy from your life.
2. Better relationships!
Another benefit of positive thinking is better relationships.
Is there anything worse than being in a relationship with someone who is negative all of the time? Unless of course, you’re negative and misery loves company?
When you’re with someone for whom positive thinking is nearly impossible, it’s challenging!
Positive thinking, since it lifts your energy and mood, makes you a better friend, partner and spouse.
And I’m not talking about fake positivity or the inability to be REAL with people you’re close to.
Not at all.
Instead, the benefit of positive thinking I’m referring to is when you keep an open mind during conversations. You empathize when someone else is upset. You listen actively when the other is speaking.
And, you don’t go straight to the worst-case scenario. Instead, you see the possibilities. You see the potential. Doesn’t everyone want to be around someone like that?
I know what you’re thinking… people like that are obnoxious!
I get that.
But, when positive thinking is beautifully blended with a grounded perspective, you’re able to assess the facts in a situation with more clarity and positivity.
3. Positive thinking creates more positive emotions
And did you think that another benefit of positive thinking is that it absolutely creates positive emotions like happiness, joy, and peace!
Your thoughts have the power to lift or lower your energy, help you fulfill your potential or keep you stuck, and make you happy or unhappy.
In The True Power of Water: Healing and Discovering Ourselves by Masaru Emoto, he demonstrates that negative thoughts change the structure of water molecules.
Masaru Emoto, an internationally renowned Japanese researcher, photographed water molecules that had been exposed to positive and negative thoughts to illustrate how thoughts directly affect the structure of water molecules.
Since the human body is about 75% water, you can understand the implication!
So, now we know that our thinking affects our physiology. But, let’s take that one step further!
Your thinking affects your emotions
Can your thinking affect your emotions? Definetly.
What you think creates how you feel.
While emotions are influenced by a variety of factors, like past trauma and painful life experiences that we carry in the body, our thoughts about ourselves and the world create certain feelings.
To demonstrate, Think: I am compassionate and loving. Now, notice how you feel.
If you really said it with conviction, you most likely feel warm and encouraged about yourself.
Now, think: I am self-centered and unlovable. How does that feel?
Does thinking like that make you feel tired, angry, or unworthy?
Let’s say your neighbor has a barking dog: If you’re thinking: I have no control in this situation. This thinking results in you feeling powerless and angry.
We’re not judging these emotions as good or bad, they just are.
Thinking results in feeling certain emotions.
Positive self-talk makes a difference in helping you be more positive. What you say when you talk to yourself is like programming your brain’s computer.
4. Positive thinking helps with negative emotions
Since thoughts create emotions, as you increase the quality of your thoughts, you’re less likely to have negative or uncomfortable emotions.
What are negative emotions?
According to John Hopkins Medicine, negative feelings are emotions that “make us feel bad, sap our energy and lower our self-esteem.”
Spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle writes, “What is a negative emotion? An emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance and harmonious functioning. Fear, anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or intense dislike, jealousy, envy—all disrupt the energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and so on.”
This is an enlightening definition. Honestly, as a teacher of thinking positively, I taught that emotions were “uncomfortable”…. not negative.
This was because I was concerned that my clients and anyone reading would avoid emotions they consider negative.
In my work I see many of us avoiding emotions because they’re so painful, so I didn’t want to label them as negative.
Negative feelings can be difficult to deal with, but they are a normal part of life. It is important to acknowledge and accept all of your emotions, rather than trying to suppress them.
I’m also a strong advocate of using emotional release techniques as a regular part of daily life because we all have pasts to heal. And while positive thinking is useful, there is no way around our emotions.
We must feel them.
Note: If you are struggling to cope with uncomfortable emotions, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you understand your emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
5. A positive outlook can reduce the risk of heart disease
And if the reasons above aren’t enough, positive thinking can reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
In an article by John Hopkins Medicine entitled: The Power of Positive Thinking it says: “Here’s heartwarming news: People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.”
That’s good news!
And the Mayo Clinic writes in Positive Thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress, that the health benefits that positive thinking may provide include: Increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress and pain, greater resistance to illnesses, better psychological and physical well-being, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, reduced risk of death from cancer, reduced risk of death from respiratory conditions, reduced risk of death from infections, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.
It’s certainly fair to say that positive thinking is a good idea physically, emotionally, and mentally.
A quick note on High-vibe thinking™
Quickly, while positive thinking is the popular term, I prefer high-vibe thinking™ because it helps you embrace all of your emotions, which is essential to healing your life.
Positive thinking sometimes leads to toxic positivity, which is thinking positive, and ignoring how you feel. Suppressing how you feel, and that is never a good idea.
In my book The Thought Store, a fictional story set in the future that illustrates the 8 simple thinking habits, the store’s likable, yet negative store manager has a very negative outlook on life.
Go figure! He’s selling positive thoughts while thinking like slime on the floor:(
His love interest in the story is fighting a fictional disease that lowers her energy to the point that it’s kills her. Sadly, her negative self-talk and negative thought patterns lead to her untimely demise.
How do I stop negative thinking?
Negativity doesn’t happen overnight. It comes from a lifetime of conditioned behavior. Something happens and you go negative… and again and again. It’s a habit that’s holding you back.
Here are some tips and insights on how to stop negative thinking so you’ll have a positive mindset:
Identify your low-vibe thoughts
The first step is to become aware of your negative thoughts or I call them low-vibe thoughts because they are a lower frequency.
Pay attention to the things you say to yourself, both out loud and in your head.
Sometimes we don’t realize how negative we’re being! So, write the thoughts down in a journal, so you can see what you’re thinking! Journaling is a great way to see the thinking patterns you have.
Challenge your slimy thoughts.
Once you’ve identified your low vibe thoughts, challenge them. Ask yourself if there is any evidence to support your thoughts. Are you blowing things out of proportion? Are you focusing on the negative and ignoring the positive?
Are the thoughts that you’re carrying in your head even true?
Replace your low-vibe thoughts with positive ones
Once you’ve challenged your negative, low-vibe thoughts, replace them with positive ones. For example, if you’re thinking “I’m going to fail this test,” replace that thought with “I’ve studied hard and I know I can do well on this test.”
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. When you’re feeling negative, try to focus on your breath or on the sensations in your body. The breath is extremely powerful and can help you quickly.
According to Dr. Daniel Amen, a successful psychiatrist and brain expert, the breathing sequence that works best is to inhale for 4 counts, pause, then exhale for 8 counts.
Talk to someone
If you’re struggling to stop negative thinking and would like more positive thoughts, talk to positive thinkers whom you trust: a friend, family member, therapist, or counselor. Sometimes, just having someone lend an empathetic ear can help.
Seek professional help
If you’re struggling to cope with negative thinking, it’s important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you to understand why you’re thinking as you do.
If it’s true that we feel it to heal it, then talking with a trained and qualified professional will help you feel those emotions in a way that’s safe for you.
Positive thinking or as I prefer, high-vibe thinking™ has many benefits. The challenge is to show up each day for yourself.
Since human beings are conditioned by the past, most of your thoughts are on autopilot.
It takes some practice to change your thinking habits, but most habits can be changed with a strong will, practice and repetition.
But, not all of them!
If I can do this, anyone can.