Are you a cup-half-empty or cup-half-full person? According to the medical community, some substantial health benefits come from positive thinking. Although many people may think they’re wired to focus on the negative, it appears to be well worth the effort to change some thought patterns and behaviors. Trading in worries for positive thinking might not happen overnight, but minimizing the former and promoting the latter can lead to improved mental and physical health.
Negative thinking can impact health. Pessimistic thoughts, often triggered by stress, can lead an individual to catastrophize -- to think the worst. Ruminating on potential or past negatives can cause cortisol levels in the body to rise. Higher cortisol rates lead to increases in inflammation. This, particularly when it is chronic, can precede disease. Negative thought patterns may seem entrenched, but people can learn to think more positively.
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