Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
It can also affect you physically – a Canadian study shows that negative body image increases your risk of high blood pressure, stress and other health conditions.