Your attitude makes you sick
I read about a crazy study that involved the researchers gaving people the flu. I remember being pretty broke a few times in my life, but not so broke I would take a few dollars to get the flu.
I hate getting sick. Give me poor and healthy any day.
The researchers studied a group of people over a 6 month period to determine if they were positive thinkers or negative thinkers.
If they had more activity in the right prefrontal cortex of their brain (home to anger, fear, sadness), they were considered to be negative thinkers.
If there was more activity in their left prefrontal cortex (home to enthusiasm, feeling upbeat, joy) they were considered to be positive thinkers.
Then after the 6 months of studying these subjects, the researchers gave them the flu.
The end result was that the negative thinkers had lower antibodies, so they were more likely to get sick and would stay sicker longer. Makes sense to me. That's why Zig Ziglar calls it Stinkin' Thinkin'.
Seems like the negative thinkers I know are sick a lot more often than the positive thinkers I know. Think about it for a second and I think you will find the same.
On the other hand, positive thinking can:
-Increase pain tolerance
-Lower blood pressure
-Lower stress levels
-Lead to better relationships
-Increase sleep quality
-Make people more likely to eat healthy, exercise, and rest more
That is just to name a few things positive thinking can do for you. You know what the coolest part is?
You alone get to determine your attitude.
I think that is awesome! There are so many things in our lives we have no control over.
It is the things that we don’t control that stress us out the most. Weather, our looks, other people, etc… If you have no control over them, there is no use worrying about them.
Start making a conscious effort to become a more positive thinker. It is like anything else, if you put the focus and energy into changing your thoughts they will change.
Barbara Fredrickson, an expert in positive psychology, recommends a 3 positive thoughts to 1 negative thought ratio. Write that down as a goal and make it happen.
“Psychology trumps physiology.”-Alwyn Cosgrove
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