5 Benefits (Science Evidence-Based) of Having a Positive Mindset

People always link a positive mindset or attitude to being successful and happy.

Have you ever wondered what positive mindset has to do with success and health??

A lot of research is happening to understand the impact of positive attitude on various aspects of life such as physical and mental health, quality of living, longevity, productivity at work and many other things.

Before jumping into the benefits of positive mindset, let me try to explain what does it mean by having a positive attitude??

Having a positive mindset means having a mental and emotional attitude that focuses more on good things in life rather than the unpleasant things.

It means having a habit of thinking positively, trying to see best in other people, and making the best out of any circumstance you find yourself in.

It does not mean that people with a positive mindset never get negative thoughts or they ignore negative situations, instead they will develop an ability to handle negative situations in the best possible way.

Here are the major benefits of having a positive mindset:

1. Helps in Reducing Anxiety and Stress

A study conducted in UK on 102 patients (aged 18 to 65) suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) shows a significant decrease in anxiety level of these patients after consciously thinking positive for one month.

These patients were asked to do some task that arouses positive thinking and they were also asked to replace their worry with positive outcomes.

2. Improves Productivity at Work

The Fasa University of Medical Science, A Hospital in Iran conducted a study on 100 nurses working in the hospital to check the impact of positive thinking on their quality of work.

Participants nurses were divided into two groups – Group A (50 nurses) and Group B (50 nurses).

Positive thinking encouraging messages were sent to only Group A in their smartphones for a period of 3 months.

Results: Group A shows noticeably improved quality of work compared to Group B.

3. Contribute to Enhancing Life Satisfaction

A telephonic survey conducted on 409 participants in Korea shows positive attitude plays an indispensable role in stimulating a feeling of contentment and significantly contributes to improving life satisfaction.

4. Improves Immunity

Universitas Airlangga (University in Indonesia) published an article which involves a review of research data on the immune system from 1995 to 2017, that says positive attitude has a significant impact on improving human immune responses and helps the body in building resistance to various diseases.

5. Better Health and Longer Life

A mortality surveillance study was conducted in the USA on 180 nuns aged between 75 to 95 for a period of 9 years to understand the impact of positive attitude on longevity.

They studied autobiographies written by these nuns when they joined the congregation 6 decades ago and categorized them into positive, negative, and neutral based on the content written in it.

Autobiographies fall into positive category shows, having a positive attitude in early life decreases the risk of mortality and strongly associated with a healthy and longer life.

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