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Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.


The complete post includes information about the health benefits of positive thinking, identifies common types of negative thinking, and provides strategies to turn the negative into positive thinking. Click to read the complete post on the Mayo Clinic website.