People keep arguing over the power and benefits of positive thinking, often neglecting one simple, yet tremendously important fact. Thinking in a positive way makes you feel good.
There is now scientific evidence, proving that thoughts are much more powerful and much more “real” than previously thought. Scientific devices measure various indexes and indicators only to prove that imaginary and real situations matter the same way to our brains and bodies. The same muscles, nerves, enzymes and parts of the brain and body are activated when you imagine a situation and when you actually live through that same situation in “real” life. In other words, you are as likely to be frightened by a spider as by the sheer thought of it and this would have the same negative effect on your body and mind as if it really happened.
Is the opposite however true, as well? Can you benefit from positive thinking?
A lot can be said about the law of attraction and the healing power of a thought. There are books and movies on the subject, that give a number of examples and explain how all this works. Here is a simple example of how positive thinking can benefit you in a situation that most of us have personally experienced.
You may not have clear memories from your early childhood however some of your relatives would be able to confirm this for you: Perhaps in your childhood there was a person/place/object that you were terrified by. Maybe someone told you a certain place was dangerous or that a dog bites or that this person will come and take you away if you are naughty – you name it. Your thoughts turned this into a nightmare or at least into something you fear and do not want to get close to in any way. Then, a few years later, you were told or found out from your own experience, that this place is actually grandpa’s garage full of funny odd-come-shorts, that the dog is actually really friendly and that the neighbour with the big moustache is a jolly fellow who is never mad when you kick your ball too hard and it lands in his back yard.
Isn’t life working out better for you already?
Not the place, nor the dog and the neighbour were scary. It was just your thoughts that made them scary. If a changed thought can turn an evil dog into your best playmate in the park, imagine how much more it can do for you.
If you still feel sceptical about positive thinking and the benefits it may bring to your life, think about that: we all feel better when we think positively. Some people call negative thoughts “precautions”: if you think of the worst, you can prepare yourself for it when it comes. But let’s face it – if “the worst” comes, we are never prepared enough. Left aside that positive thinking might prevent it from coming, what is the point of living through bad situations in our minds over and over again? There isn’t a point. And when you think of the fact that your body and mind do not differentiate between “real” and imaginary situations you would realize that you actually give yourself the same dose of fear, anger, guilt or whatever negative feeling this situation brings – even if it never happens or if it happened years ago.
You can instead use your free time and energy that you put into thinking about it into thinking about something positive. There are two immediate benefits for you: 1) you stop punishing your body and mind with whatever frightful thoughts you were occupied before; 2) you feel good.
Feeling good is the ultimate benefit are all looking for. We try to find it in money, in relationships, in work. A simple fact – proven and tested – whether you feel good within or not depends only on you. Positive thoughts create the feeling of happiness and well-being. It is not the expensive watch you wear that makes you feel good, it is the thought that only successful people wear expensive watches that makes you feel good. If successful people wore rubber bracelets, that same watch would not make you feel even close to how you feel now. And this comes only to show you that it is what we think of things that matters. Understanding this, would be perhaps the greatest benefit to each of us.