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The truth about positive thinking

Trying to stay positive during a difficult part of your life is much easier said than done, but it makes a difference in a variety of ways.

Trying to stay positive during a difficult part of your life is much easier said than done. Even though we are missing solid scientific evidence to make the claim that positive thinking will increase chances of survival, there is no doubt that other benefits that come along with an optimistic mind.

Research was done on the link between positive attitudes and the effect it has on cancer has been very controversial in the past, leading to conflicting views. Not sure what to believe?

Here are the two sides to the story:

Psychologist Michael F. Scheier whose research provided the groundwork for exploring the field of optimism stated that “optimism is clearly associated with better psychological health, as seen through lower levels of depressed mood, anxiety, and general distress, when facing difficult life circumstances, including situations involving recovery from illness and disease.” People like Lance Armstrong and Mark Herzlich both full-heartedly believe that positive thinking played an instrumental role in their successful battles of overcoming cancer.

Although these individual success stories give us hope, there is little solid evidence about the correlation between positive thinking and survival rates.

Psychologist James Coyne from University of Pennsylvania claims that any studies that prove that there is a correlation between the two are based on “bad science” and even states that “attitude doesn’t matter for survival…there are some things you can modify in life, but cancer is not one of them.”

So, before you dismiss the whole philosophy behind the power of positive thinking, remember that there is only good that can come from it.
PROVEN amazing things linked with positive thinking:

  • Increased happiness and mood
  • Helps deal with chronic pain
  • Better coping skills
  • Decreased chance of depression

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12719741

https://www.managedcaremag.com/voices/youve-got-believe-evidence-positive-thinking-cancer-outcomes

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/just-how-powerful-is-positive-thinking/2/

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/how-the-power-of-positive-thinking-won-scientific-credibility/256223/

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/chronic-pain.aspx

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