Several studies have demonstrated that positive thinking is associated with numerous health benefits, including both psychological and physiological benefits. Conversely, negative thinking and being chronically stressed can have the opposite effects on your health, suggesting that our mental well-being is highly important for our physical health. Moreover, numerous studies have also shown that physical activity, and thereby physical fitness and health, is also associated with an improved mood, indicating that there is a strong relationship between these factors.

Potential Benefits of Positive Thinking

While it should be pointed out that positive thinking is by no means a substitute for modern medicine and taking care of your body in different ways (eating right, exercising, etc.), numerous potential benefits of positive thinking have been reported. These include better responses to stress and lower stress levels, lower rates of depression and anxiety, better general well-being, improved immune function (and thereby increased resistance to the common cold), reduced risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, and even an increased life span.

Effects of Negative Thinking on Health

Whereas positive thinking can have positive benefits on your health, negative thinking can conversely have the opposite effect. For example, negative thoughts can increase your stress levels, and chronic stress can in turn weaken your immune system due to changes in certain stress hormones. As a result, you may become more susceptible to colds and other ailments, which might result in more negative thinking and stress, thus creating a vicious cycle. If this cycles goes unbroken, negative thinking can greatly affect your overall well-being.

In addition, negative thinking can also affect your social relationships and may even spread to those close to you, thereby harming their well-being as well.

Think Positive

There are several things you can do to improve your mood and to try to start being more positive. Among others, exercise, including just a short, brisk walk every day, has been demonstrated in numerous studies to be associated with improved mood and well-being. Not only does exercise give you time to reflect on your life and health, but it also releases endorphins, which are associated with positive feelings and reduced pain. Of course, there are several other benefits to exercising, including reduced risks of cardiovascular disease, obesity and various vein diseases, such as varicose veins, spider veins and venous insufficiency.

Of course, having any of these conditions may be associated with chronic pain and an inability to exercise, thereby potentially resulting in negative thinking and stress. However, luckily, for many of these conditions, help is available. For example, varicose vein removal can help relieve the symptoms and pain, thereby making it possible to exercise, consequently resulting in reduced stress, a more positive attitude and better health.