Importance of Positive Mindset
Have you watched ‘3 Idiots’, an Indian movie? One of life lesson from the movie is to have a positive mindset. The main character always said, ‘All is Well, all is Well’. He focusses on opportunities rather than focussing on problem and finally become a great person. Hence, why positive mindset is important? People that have positive mindset make positive thinking a habit. There is connection between mind and body. Mind represent human mental states, for example- beliefs, attitude, emotions and thoughts. The way people shape their mental states will influence body function and vice versa. This are some of the benefits of having positive mindset;
Positive mindset makes people happy. Happiness does not necessarily come from external factors, in fact it comes from the inside of the person itself such as the way they think and the way they feel. Having a positive thought reduce cortisol level, increase serotonin production and release endorphins which helps in coping with stress and make people happier and motivated. This condition help for the brain to function optimally. People with positive mindset do not allow negative thoughts to influence them. They always look on the bright side. This make them happier and feeling thankful.
People with positive mindset have a clearer thought in the mind. There are no limitations for them. They have their own goals and they carved their own pathway to have a better and enjoyable life. It gives motivation for them to achieve goals because there is already a visualization path in their mind. A group of researchers from Taiwan study on relation between having a positive thinking and motivation, they found student with positive thinking have a strong effect on learning motivation. As a result, it makes them to learn better. So, being positive not only helpful to boost motivation but also help brain to learn well.
1. BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Positive mindset can help improving immune system. A group of researchers from University of Queensland did a study among older people and results show older people that are more positive have better immune function even after two years. Their immune function was measured by observing at antibodies levels from blood test. This prove having a positivity thought can lead to a healthy life. Study from John Hopkins University found people from a family history of heart disease have one-third less likely to get any heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases after practicing positive thinking. The same study also found negativity can weaken immune system. Another study reveal being compassionate, kind to yourself can deactivate threat response and consequently boost immune systems.
1. HELP PEOPLE LIVE LONGER
Positive mindset can change people’s health tremendously. It may elongate people’s life span. Study on older people reveals positive mindset help people coping with their stress and increase healthy behaviours. The same study shows participants with positive mindset live longer than another group. Another study in 2019 found people with positive mindset have up to 11-15% longer lifespan and have a greater probability to live until age 85 or older. Study from Denmark found patients with heart diseases can prolong their life span because their positive attitude helps them to have a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and reduce cortisol level. They were less likely to be hospitalized and percentage of death is smaller than group with negative thinking.
1. HELP PEOPLE TO COPE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS
People with positive mindset always looks on the bright side. They open more opportunities instead of looking at the difficulties. Researcher study on effect of positive thinking among people with HIV and they found it helps to reduce load of virus and make them less depressed. As a result, it makes their body and mental states better. Practicing positive mindset helps cancer patient to lower their stress level, lower blood pressure and increase resiliency. Other than that, it helps them to calm down anxiousness and help to sleep better. Being positive is a choice and it helps people to have a better quality of life.
Remember, All is Well, All is Well.
By: Ms Nurfarahin – SOL Neurofeedback Trainer