Is having a Positive Attitude all in the mind?
Does the adoption of a Positive Attitude actually change anything in your world, or does it just make things seem that way?
Well, the truth probably lies somewhere between the two.
Although primarily psychological, the adoption of a Positive Attitude really does create changes in your world that would otherwise not have happened.
Despite what we think, none of us sees the world as it really is.
Our minds filter and edit impressions and experiences in order to fit them to our own convictions and beliefs.
People who are absolutely convinced that they are going to be successful will not be bothered by any setbacks that crop up because they know they are going to win in the end. Because of their conviction, the size and nature of the setbacks are immaterial to them. Because of their belief, they will continue to pursue their success until they achieve it.
People who have little or no belief in themselves however, will see each and every setback as a disaster and mounting proof that they won’t make it. As a result of this they will be likely to give up at a relatively early stage. Because of this tendency to give up at the first hurdle they will never achieve success.
We can see from the above example that people’s attitudes really do shape our lives and create our worlds, but is there more at work here than just psychology? Possibly. I came across an interesting article recently published in the journal Psychology and Aging.
A Texan medical team carried out tests on 1,558 older people to determine if there was a link between a positive attitude and the onset of frailty.
At the start of the seven year study, all the participants were in robust good health. The assessment measured the participants weight loss, exhaustion, walking speed and grip strength. At the end of the study the research found that those people with a positive outlook were significantly less likely to become frail.
A second study published in the same journal showed that mental and physical performance is also affected by a Positive attitude. To quote Lead researcher Thomas Hess ”It may be that if people can suppress these negative thoughts that they will do much better, and that a positive attitude can promote effective functioning.”
So although we may not know exactly how Positive Attitude works, the evidence seems overwhelming that it does work. Put it to work for yourself and see the difference.
Article by William Jones
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