'Be Positive', it's easy to say, but many of us find it difficult to find something positive to say or do, when we are constantly bombarded with negativity on a daily basis. However, there have been many studies on how the brain processes positive thoughts and negative thoughts differently.

The results of these studies show that those who automatically respond to situations negatively have reduced cognitive function. Negative thoughts can also increase pain sensations, constant worry and anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, chest pains, sleep problems and fatigue. Negative thinking can also give you emotional symptoms such as restlessness, depression, lack of motivation and constant negative thinking can sometimes lead to mood disorders.

The studies also revealed how positive thinking effects the brain, thinking positively can boost your immunity, prevent hypertension, improve heart health and even extend your life. There are so many physical benefits of positive thinking, but there are even more emotional benefits, such as developing positive habits, dealing with problems better, healthier relationships and boosting your self-esteem.

Stress and negative thinking are not good for your physical health or your mental health, by working hard to change your mindset, you could be on your way to a happy and healthier wellbeing.

Positive thoughts can create real value to your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile. Negative emotions restrict you from making different choices, negative thinking narrows your mind and only allows your brain to focus on one thought. However, when you experience positive emotions such as love, joy and gratitude, your mind will instantly see more opportunities.

Here are some health benefits of positive thinking:

1. Live Longer - Having a positive outlook can influence more than just your mood, having life satisfaction will give you better physical and mental health overall, a Dutch study found that pessimistic people were 55% more likely to die during a nine-year follow-up period.

2. Lowers Cholesterol - Having a well-balanced diet and doing regular exercise are great ways to lower your cholesterol, combining this with an optimistic attitude will also put a positive spin on those cholesterol numbers.

3. Increased Immunity - Several studies have revealed a connection between optimism and immunity. Having a pessimistic outlook on life actually has a negative effect on your immune cells. Also, having an upbeat outlook on life will also help you fight illness quicker when you do become ill.

4. Healthy Heart - According to an American study, optimists are twice as likely to have perfect heart health. Those who see the glass as half full, had better blood sugar and cholesterol levels and were more active and less likely to smoke.

Positive thinking will improve your life in every single way. It's time to start replacing your old negative thoughts with new positive ones. Make 2016 the year you start thinking positively.

Think positive!

Think positive!

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk