The Power of Being Positive (Prov. 17:22)

Many go through life defeated by the problems of daily living. One problem leads to another problem and, before long, life feels like a series of unfortunate events. The truth is that most problems are not as bad as they seem and, even if they are, having a positive outlook changes the way you view your situation.

Negative thoughts have a tendency to linger much longer than positive ones, so these thoughts build up and leave an overwhelming feeling of negativity. It is possible to turn these feelings around by thinking positively about yourself and your situation. When a person is able to say, “Things are really bad today, but I know that tomorrow will be better,” a burst of endorphins—natural chemicals in the body that fight pain—is released to the brain and nervous system. That is how amazing God is! He created us with self-producing medicine to heal ourselves. Proverbs 17:22 reminds us: “A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

There are many benefits to positive thinking that influence our overall health and our relationships. Positive thinking can help people cope with stress more effectively because it helps you find solutions when unpleasant situations occur and helps you focus less on negative thoughts. Positive thinkers are less subjected to negative stress because they allow their positive thoughts to overcome negative thoughts.

Those who think positively are proven to live longer and feel better than people who do not. Negative emotions have an immediate impact on our body such as depression, tense muscles, and sleep problems, which lead to more negative emotions and a sense of anxiety and frustration about life. When we think positively, we get rid of destructive thought patterns and their negative physical results.

Positive thinking also facilitates good relationships because positive people attract positive people. When we think positively, it is easier to develop and maintain friendships and other close relationships. In all relationships, conflicts will arise at some point. Positive thinking helps you to see the situation differently, have more empathy, and move towards resolution and reconciliation in relationships.

Positive thinking leads to a happier life. People who are optimistic live happier, healthier, and are more productive in life. Positive thinking helps you to be grateful for what you have, and gratitude makes your happier. Gratitude also reminds us that we serve a wonderful God who cares about even the smallest details of our lives, a truth that should be the cause for more positive thinking and more joy!