Positive Thinking Has Health Benefits

In all of my CEO memoranda sent out to our franchise organization regarding the COVID-19 crisis, I try to end on a positive note with some sort of uplifting salutation, such as “Work hard and Stay Positive”.

I tell people that this crisis is BY FAR the weirdest that I have ever dealt with as an entrepreneur. Like all crises, though, positivity and thoughtfulness is what will bring us back to normal.

Certainly no-one could have imaged two months ago that half of the world economy would be shut down due to a virus originating from a wet meat market in Wuhan, China.  But, you never know what curve ball you are going to be thrown in business and in life.  The thing that you do know is that crises have happened before and they will happen again.

The best advise, then, is to keep yourself super busy by working hard and to train your mind to focus on the positive!  Another thing that has helped me through numerous crisis situations is to simply tackle things one day at a time.  Do all you can each day, one day at a time, and focus on problem solving and decision making based on the facts like never before.  Remind yourself that you WILL get through this, and know that we are all in this together!

The practice of positivity is good advice from a science perspective too. Studies have proven that a positive mindset is a very healthy choice.  The Mayo Clinic says that positive thinking can reduce stress and can improve your health.  Do you view your situation as a glass half-empty or half-full?  I am convinced… actually, I know that we can all train ourselves to stay positive.  We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones!  Our positivity can effect the stress levels of our family and friends too!

You can use your mind to improve the health of yourself and others.

Discipline your thoughts, keep them positive.  If you let negative thoughts consume your thinking, then you will experience more negativity.  Conversely, if you think positive thoughts, then you will have more positive experiences for yourself and those around you.

The Mayo Clinic notes that positive people, “get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.”  The health benefits of a positive mindset include:

-Increased life span

-Lower rates of depression

-Lower levels of distress

-Greater resistance to the common cold

-Better psychological and physical well-being

-Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

-Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress¹

Not all of us have access to HOTWORX infrared workouts right now, but soon enough we will all be back in the studios killin’ it again.  We know the health benefits of infrared workouts, but, imagine the health benefits of positive mentality combined with a consistent infrared workout routine!  It’s something to look forward to again for sure, and something to anticipate while practicing a perpetual positive mindset!

“I think, therefore I am”

This ageless quote was the result of the French philosopher, Rene Descartes’ search for a statement that would bear no doubt.  Indeed, using his statement adapted to the context of this blog, there should be no doubt that we are what we think!

“I think positive, therefore I am positive”

Let go of the negative, THINK POSITIVE for your health and for the health of all those around you!

¹ https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950
Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer