Having a positive mental attitude is one of the important aspects of good health. Body and mind work in unity to bring health and well-being. Positive mental attitude, feelings of inner peace and happiness contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system thus protecting us from different illnesses. They can also help us to recover from serious diseases. A research found the link between the mental attitude of cancer patients and the outcome of the disease.
In early 1900s Emile Coue, a French psychotherapist, discovered that repeating positive affirmations can help people improve their health over time. In his free clinic patients were told to repeat during the day "Every day in every way I am getting better and better". This actually influenced their physical health.
It is not an impossible task to develop a positive mental attitude if you can approach it as any other negative habit that needs to be changed. To change a habit you need to replace it with another habit. In this case it is positive thinking.
One of the ways to develop positive thinking is repeating positive affirmations in your mind. Write down positive affirmations for your particular situation and learn them by heart. Repeat them to yourself several times a day. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively start repeating your positive affirmations. Keep repeating them even if you don't believe what you are saying. Persist in repeating positive affirmations and you will start believing them. You will also notice that you feel better: all of the sudden all negative emotions disappear.
Another way to change the way you feel and hence the negative thinking is doing what the old sayings, like "keep your chin up" or "smile and the world will smile with you" tell you to do! The mere fact of keeping your chin up will change the way you feel.
Exercise is an excellent promoter of positive thinking. Whenever you feel negative do some stretches, walk or run and you will notice that your negative emotions disappear. Dancing is another way to dispel the negativity.
These simple techniques can help you develop a positive outlook to life and hence improve your health.Positive Mental Attitude and Health