This article is written in collaboration with Naluri

Positivity gives a much deeper meaning than just being happy and feeling optimistic. Positive thinking is known as having and adopting thought and feelings that enforces on working towards positive results and seeing the bright side of life. It was said to be one of the components of happiness. It may not be innate but it is a skill that can be learnt and develop over time although it may be easier said than done. 

Someone who chooses to adopt this outlook of the world looks forward to overcoming any challenges in life by achieving better health, emotions and becoming successful in what they do. Being positive and thinking positively add values and meanings to life as well as helping them to build skills and become more resilient.  

Impact of positivity

Positive thoughts can give a long-lasting impact on life including that of your longevity. A recent study found that those who see their ageing process positively lived on average 7.5 years longer. Hence, adjusting the way we view old age helps to increase lifespan. Positive thinkers have greater insight and live life more meaningfully. Having a more positive view on ageing builds resilience towards illness and motivate proactive measures to care for your health.

Your immune system also improves by positivity. Studies found that activity in the brain areas that are linked to negative emotions such as fear and sadness are significantly correlated with a weaker immune system. Contrarily, optimistic people with positive thinking have a stronger immune response. People with cheerful attitudes for example, contract fewer cold and flu viruses.  Even optimistic patients who are diagnosed with potentially terminal illnesses tend to show significant and consistent improvements after receiving treatment.

Those who think positively was also more likely to embrace a healthier lifestyle. There is a link between optimism and higher levels of good cholesterol, which may be explained by their interest in healthy living and wanting to become healthy. Positive thinkers are keen to eat healthy, exercise and be proactive about their health. 

Positivity will also leave an imprint on your mental well being. It helps you with stress management by providing better coping skills during stressful times. There is also a report on lower risk of depression due to better regulation of mood in positive people.

How to develop positivity?

Knowing the impact of positivity wouldn’t benefit you unless you decide to integrate it into your life. It may begin by a small gesture of smiling. A study found that even a fake smile can reduce heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations. Secondly, reframe your thoughts. Change negative thoughts to more helpful and positive thoughts. For example, if you are struggling with a health issue, stop getting frustrated for keep having to take a break. Appreciate the fact that you get to take a break and by recuperating properly, you will become more effective on your work.

Besides that, practice positive self-talk by empathizing with yourself like how you do to other people. Acknowledge and appreciate small improvements. You should also surround yourself with people who are positive thinkers as birds of a feather flock together. Most importantly, lead a healthy lifestyle by learning and adopting more holistic ways or habits to stay healthy.

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A quick note from the life coach of Naluri, “Positive thinking is a skill that one may develop, learn and practice. It is never too late to make the change and choice to become more positive. Change is near and it starts with you.” said Aina Nur Azmi.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Aina Nur Azmi Clinical Psychology
Aina is a clinical psychologist and health coach at Naluri, and has more than 6 years practicing experience as a clinical psychologist in both government ...
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Aina Nur Azmi Clinical Psychology
Aina is a clinical psychologist and health coach at Naluri, and has more than 6 years practicing experience as a clinical psychologist in both government and private sectors. She obtained her Psychology degree from University of East London and Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from HELP University, Malaysia.
Aina is experienced in self-confidence building, self-care and anger management, where she handles clients with different concerns ranging from school refusal, family issue, self-confidence issues and grief. She is passionate in promoting good mental health through multiple mediums, including talks and lectures.
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