Positive thinking could extend your lifespan
PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines
A recent study published by "Health Psychology" reveals that our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs have a major impact on our health.
For 21 years, researchers at Stanford University tracked 60,000 Americans and found that people who looked and felt less physically active than others were up to 71% more likely to die early.
Dr. Alia Crum, the co-author of the research, said that our belief or mentality about how much exercise we are doing in relation to others can play a decisive role in our health. Crum and Octavia Zahrt looked at more than 60,000 adult Americans and found that people who look less healthy than others, no matter how active, are at risk of premature death.
This shows that positive thinking and work should be a priority in our personal routine. Accepting that we are not the healthiest people is a mindset that could be dangerous to health.
All participants in the study were asked the same question: Would you say that you are physically less active, more active or as active as other people your age? Surveys documented health and personal history, levels of physical activity, and other variables. Age, body mass index, physical activity, chronic diseases and other factors were monitored.
They then reviewed death records for the last 21 years of follow-up and found that there was up to a 71% greater likelihood of early death in people who were less active than their peers.
Research shows that regardless of the physical activity they do, the health benefits of people depend largely on the mentality of a positive or negative thinking, ie whether or not they believe they are getting enough exercise.
Hotel workers were considered inactive, but Dr. Crum told them that their work would meet the recommended levels of daily physical activity.
This statement by Dr.Crum produced changes in the mentality of workers, many of whom experienced reduced blood pressure, body fat and weight, among other positive changes. They had a positive thinking now and a positive perception can have motivational effects and notable changes in health.
Drs. Zahrt and Crum explain that positive or negative thinking can affect behavior and health. People most likely to remain inactive are beset by feelings of guilt, stress, fear or depression that ultimately affect their health.
Governments promote public health campaigns that motivate people to improve their lifestyle: having less stress, eating healthy, exercising more, controlling their weight, etc .; But they overlook an important equation: "the mentality of people about those healthy behaviors."
How to turn negative thinking into positive thinking
The research that Dr. Fredrickson and others show how of the daily activities we can generate positive emotions. To relieve stress, for example, repeated brief moments of positive feelings can foster physical and mental health and cushion depression and stress.
On the other hand, Dr. Davidson demonstrated that in a two-week rapid training in compassion and meditation, changes in brain circuits were generated that are linked to positive social behaviors.
If you practice you can improve. If you regularly practice skills that promote positive emotions, you can become a healthier and happy person.
In the National Institute of Health newsletter Dr. Fredrickson wrote that it takes the time to learn skills that generate positive emotions, but with practice and persistence, positive emotions arrive effortlessly.
These scientists have shown that the brain can be molded and be able to produce new cells and truly can train brain circuits to generate more positive responses. Positive thinking can be cultivated.
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Positive thinking Quotes
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having
— Willie Nelson
“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.”
— Dalai Lama
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
— Helen Keller
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
— Walt Disney
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”
— William James
"Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”
"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
"In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
— Les Brown
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
— Winston Churchill
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
— Lyndon B. Johnson
"You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.”
— Deepak Chopra
"The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”
— Lee lacocca
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
— Colin Powell
“I'm a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.”
— Roger Federer
NOTE: Luis Quiroz Ravines is a Peruvian journalist specializing in Natural Health, author of an effective treatment to lose weight naturally. Learn MORE at http://www.weightlossperuvianrecipe.com/
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