Some time ago, an author named Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called The Power of Positive Thinking.
Research studies have shown that positive thinking can aid in healing, improve chances of success in one’s endeavours, and improve self-esteem.
According to this website from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950
“Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.”
It’s important to note that positive thinking does not equal ‘looking at the world through ‘rose-colored glasses.’ It simply means that one chooses to have the attitude that the ‘glass is half full’ rather than half empty. The truth is, those who practice positive thinking live in the real world. They deal with the ups and downs that constitute life. The difference between them and everybody else is that they believe in the possibility that they can reach their goals, make things better, live the life of their choosing, etc… They are not naive. They keep hope alive in the face of negativity.
According to the incomparable Emily Dickinson:
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”