It’s an old world philosophy that passed into the realm of cliché millennia ago: what goes around comes around, or in more modern terminology, what you put out into the universe will come back to you. Heck, some versions of this belief have it coming back to you in varying degrees, even three times as much. It’s an interesting concept, one that I personally ascribe to, and while I can’t necessarily say that those positive vibes I put out come back to me in a set of 3 or higher, there are a number of studies that say that optimism and positivity do improve your health!
And some of these studies aren’t just coming from people and organizations you’ve never heard of. Just check this out from the world famous Mayo Clinic. They happen to say that:
Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include: Increased life span, Lower rates of depression, Lower levels of distress, Greater resistance to the common cold, Better psychological and physical well-being, Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, [and] Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.
Excuse me, I need to do my happy dance, for apparently by just having a sunny disposition, I’m gonna avoid that common cold that is undoubtedly going to be all around for the next few months. Heck, if I keep this up, I’ll live a thousand years! Okay, maybe not that long… Long story short, when I look at a drink that some say is half full, and others half empty, well I just see that I need a refill.
Bad jokes aside, the Mayo Clinic also mentions that: “Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day.” They continue by discussing about how you can monitor that “self-talk” by avoiding thoughts of binary oppositions (black and white/good and bad/no middle ground), avoiding exaggerating situations, not blaming yourself when things go wrong (something I know I’m working on myself), and remembering to compliment yourself because you’re good enough, smart enough, and, doggone it, well you know the rest.
Positive thinking isn’t hard to do. Okay, maybe sometimes it is, depending on the situation you may find yourselves in. I mean, we are all clinging to the skin of a giant ball traveling around the sun at approximately 67,000 miles per hour; strange, stressful things are bound to happen. But the most important thing to do is to just relax, dance, sing, and remember to smile.