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Negative Thinking-How To Stop

How to Change Negative Thinking to Positive Thinking Why replace negative thinking? When negative or fearful thoughts become a part of everyday life, we see some deleterious effects psychologically and physiologically. Everyone suffers from incessant negative thoughts at some period in their lives, hopefully for a short period of time before a positive response or resolution alleviates the negative effects.  Real or perceived issues have identical physiological responses.   One's thoughts can lead to an increase in heart and respiration rate, initiate nausea, cause profuse sweating, trembling, tingling or numbness in the extremities.  Chronic worry may translate into a stress disorder, and is physically injurious to all of the bodily systems; in particular, the immune, endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular and the reproductive systems. Conversely, positive thoughts initiate positive emotions; they bring about feelings of contentment, empathy, and a sense of well-being and happiness.  Positive emotions also initiate healthy physiological responses. One of the most commonly researched responses is the increase in immune response.1  Positive attitudes build enduring personal resources, leading to better stress resistance and reduced recovery time after a negative incident.2  Numerous studies show that happy individuals are successful across multiple life domains, including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health.3 In short, thoughts beget appropriate bodily responses -- negative thoughts have negative effects, and positive thoughts have positive effects on the mind/body/spirit.  So, the real question is "why not replace negative thinking?" How do we change our negative thinking to positive?   To tell someone to think good thoughts seems useless, and potentially annoying if the recipient of the advice is under emotional strain or facing a serious health issue.  Finding practical methods to engage positive thinking has been one of the major aims of Mind-Body medicine.  [...]

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