"It's a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient."
Being optimistic has mindset benefits, but did you know there are physical health benefits to being more optimistic?
When you think of being optimistic, do you believe that some people are naturally born with it and others simply are not that lucky?
The good news is that while some were born with a naturally cheery disposition, others can learn how to be optimistic. Even better news is that being optimistic can improve your overall physical health.
The Benefits of Optimism on Your Physical Health
With a framework of “I think I can, I know I will" your nutrition, exercise, and movement practices will transform. With a committed dedication to achieving your outcomes along with an optimistic attitude, you can see your ambitions fulfilled.
According to a series of studies from the U.S. and Europe, optimism helps people cope with disease and recover from surgery. Even more impressive is the impact of a positive outlook on overall health and longevity. Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years – Harvard Health Publishing.
A healthier mind and body
Better cardiovascular health
Stronger immune function
Lower levels of stress and pain
Less susceptible to the negative effects of illness, fatigue, and depression
Builds your self-esteem
An increased capacity for a sustained commitment to your goals
The learned skill of creating momentum and reaching your health goals
An enhanced self-confidence helps you succeed in other areas of your life
Reach aspirations with more ease
A willingness to take on other challenges in life
Experiencing satisfying results of optimistic thinking and affirming your success
Focusing on how hard your nutrition or movement plan is, or how much you dislike doing it keeps your mind focused on what does not work. This will only make you think, feel, and take action steps in the opposite direction of having optimal physical health.
Optimistically focusing on the thought process of “I think I can, I know I will,” keeps your mindset in a forward-moving, goal-setting pace where your goals are more achievable.
The Mind, Body Connection of Optimism
Think about the mind, body connection. Have you ever been disappointed? What does that feel like? It probably feels like a sinking in the pit of your stomach and your shoulders begin to sag.
Your emotions, thoughts, and feelings are all stored in your body. Nervousness can show up as butterflies or an upset stomach. Anxiety can show up as sweaty palms and trembling, while embarrassment shows up with a red flush to your cheeks.
If you think you can and know you will, your body and mind will begin to show the results. With effort and less time, you may begin to see better results.
Your mind and body will thank you.
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Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. - The Science Behind Behavior - https://www.psychologytoday.com