Positive thinking has, for the
longest time, been relegated to the realm of new age, inspirational,
and metaphysical healing rather than to the empirical fields
of science and physiology. Medicine and positive thinking,
therefore, were once thought to go together like brownies and
onions. But recent findings have revealed that medicine
and positive thinking may not be as incompatible after
all. Indeed, they may actually be far more complementary than
we could ever imagine.
Not only is positive thinking
good for mental health, but it is now scientifically proven
to be just as healthy for the body. Optimists generally have
lower levels of stress hormones and are at lower risk for cardiovascular
disease - telltale signs of a healthier immune system-compared
to those of pessimists. Positive thinkers are also more likely
to get well faster during treatment for a physical illness.
If negative factors like anxiety
and stress can adversely affect a person's physical well-being,
then it should follow that positive thinking has a reverse effect.
The only reason this hasn't been readily accepted as truth before
is because for years, we have tended to focus more on the negative,
measuring and quantifying depression and such while the scales
of happiness remained uncharted.
Research has repeatedly shown
that chronic and psychological stress delays the healing process,
reduces vaccine effectiveness, and diminishes the immune system's
health. Here, at least, we have known that there is, in fact,
an obvious connection between what you know and feel in your
head and how your body responds to it. Literally, you are what
Medicine and positive
thinking are hardly interchangeable, but they work
wonders when taken hand in hand. So when you're sick, expect
positive results. Picture yourself in the prime of health; or
if you want to be more realistic, visualize yourself recuperating
from your sickness. Laugh your way to recovery. That is the
best medicine, after all, according to the well-known proverb.
Positive expectations, like the
placebo effect, can greatly reduce pain; thus, proving the innate
power of an optimistic outlook in life. So do yourself a favor
by thinking positive and helping yourself get better.
Medicine and positive
thinking do work famously together. It is not believing
in a false hope, but rather embracing the beauty of life despite
its many setbacks. Positive thinking was never meant to be a
miracle cure, but if you focus on living instead of drowning
in anger, sorrow, and self-pity, you may just find yourself
thinking your way to health and wellness.