Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative may help put you in a better mood. But as we all know, looking on the bright side is easier said than done. Having said that, researchers suggest that it is worth a try. Recent studies have found that repetitive negative thinking is linked to cognitive decline and higher risks of dementia.
Examining the connection
It is no surprise that health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and stress, have a negative impact on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. However, researchers have made a new discovery, which shows that depression and anxiety lead to consistent negative thoughts. These negative thoughts lead to an increased risk of poor health. The components of negative thinking include rumination, worry, and problems with organizing, sequencing, and planning.
On the flip side, people who think positively, ignore negative inputs, and focus on the positive have a history of aging well and living long, vivacious lives.
How to be more positive
Many are the roads that lead to positivity. Meditation, therapy, counseling, and medication can all be useful in helping you to live a more positive life. One of the most effective and popular ways to introduce more positivity is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the art of focus, awareness, and acceptance of one’s thoughts. There is clear evidence that supports mindfulness’s ability to reduce negative emotions as well as negative thoughts.
Yet such exercises aren’t designed to eliminate negativity entirely. Negativity is a part of life. It is an unwelcome element but an element nonetheless. As humans we are faced with negativity on a daily basis. Tactics such as mindfulness are simply tools used to curb the negativity and teach people how to concentrate on the positive.
Patterns of positive thinking undoubtedly lead to a higher quality of life. That being said, the goal is not to destroy negativity altogether, but rather to reduce repetitive negative thinking, depression, anxiety, and more so that we may preserve our health and wellness.
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