Happiness is a state influenced by our way of thinking. Just like the saying goes, “We are what we think.” Therefore, if we let negative thoughts occupy our minds, the only things that will manifest are anger, disappointments, failure, fear, which all have a negative impact on our immune system. I know there are some people who might have anticipated positive outcomes in certain aspects of their lives, but were disappointed and gave up on life. Sometimes we apply for jobs, go for the interview, and have that feeling that we will get a positive feedback. But alas! All that turn up is a regret note. You did not get the job, so what? Is that reason enough to give up on life, to be bitter, and stressed? Disappointments are part of life and we should find a way to deal with such feelings.
However, with positive thinking we are able to overcome any obstacle, lead a healthy life, be successful people in society, and always anticipate happiness. We all know that happiness is like a butterfly, the more we chase it the more it eludes us. But when we put our minds on other things (have positive thinking), it comes and rest softly on our shoulders. There are these common traits that cannot occupy the same mind: that is optimism and pessimism. This is because in a glass with water half way, the optimists will see the glass as being half-full while the pessimists will see it as being half-empty. The following are ways on how positive thinking can influence our happiness:
– To not pay attention to what other people are saying or thinking, but instead focus on what makes us happy. We all know that it is not possible to please everyone, and people will talk no matter what you do. If we let their talks and thoughts influence our behavior, we will always strive to please them at the expense of our own happiness.
– When faced with life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, high blood pressure, or coronary heart diseases, most of us lose hope, which leads to early death. However, those who are optimistic are cured of cancer and live longer even with incurable diseases.
– We may sometimes find ourselves in a tricky situation and think that the situation is permanent. If we become pessimistic the only things we experience is depression, anger, anxiety, and stress, which threaten our immune system. However, if we exercise perseverance, no matter the circumstances, by changing our inner dialogue, we are able to sail through, even if it takes longer to achieve favorable results.
– The power of our thoughts has always shaped our lives and if we occupy our thoughts with negativity, our life is ruined. For example, some brilliant ideas might pop up in your mind, but you shun them away thinking they are beyond your ability to implement them. I know there are people who are faced with these challenges, but how will you know if you do not try? No matter how strange the idea seems, you have to try it. You might be surprised it works and you succeed.
On top of all these, we should always be grateful for what we have in life. When we express gratitude, it shows that we are satisfied, no matter what life offers, and this in turn has a positive impact on our well-being.