Positive thinking may seem as if it would affect only your emotional well-being, but studies have shown that it can improve other areas of your health as well. According to the Mayo Clinic,* positive thinking can be linked to a variety of health benefits, including:
• Increased life span
• Lower rates of depression
• Greater resistance to the common cold
• Better mental and physical well-being
• Reduced risk for heart attack
And while these health benefits may not be a direct result of positive thinking, there is the idea that positive people tend to live healthier lifestyles. For example, they may get more exercise, have a better diet and sleep regularly — all of which could improve their overall health.