We’ve all heard of a saying that goes like “life is what you make it”. Positive thinking is likewise the beginning of success.
Human living is guided by thoughts on what is considered as possible or impossible. It is important to believe in yourself and be less depressed. This in turn leads to happiness, hard work and success.
Successful people are happier, receive more social support, are less stressed, and are less depressed.
The scientific study on optimism and health
Maruta, Colligan, Malinchoc, and Offord (2000) examined whether explanatory styles served as risk factors for early death. With a large longitudinal sample collected in the mid-1960s, the researchers categorized medical patients as optimistic, mixed, or pessimistic. Optimism was operationalized using parts of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. The researchers found that for every 10 point increase in a person’s score on their optimism scale, the risk of early death decreased by 19%. Considering that, for a middle-aged person of average health, the difference between sudden death risk factors for smokers and non-smokers is 5-10%, the protective effect of optimism found in this study is massive.
Optimism appears to play a protective role, assisting people in coping with extraordinarily trying incidents. Furthermore, optimism has been found to correlate positively with life satisfaction and self-esteem (Lucas, Diener, & Suh, 1996). Segerstrom and Sephton (2010) also examined whether optimism predicted positive affect. Their hypothesis that changes in optimism would predict changes in positive affect was borne out, as increases in optimism were associated with increased positive affect, and vice versa.
More results of optimism
- optimistic thinking reduces physical illness.
- helps in proper solving of problems
- reduces stress
See more: http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/positive-thinking/
Video on optimism
It is therefore important to think of life positively because this determines our way of living.