How Positive Speech and Thoughts Improve Your Health and Spirit

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Positive speech and thoughts can improve your physical health and emotional well-being. Affirmations or positive speech is a powerful tool for changing your life in a positive way forever. Successful people, whether performers, athletes, leaders or parents, share one trait in common. They mentally prepare themselves for any challenges they may face every day. For these people an obstacle is nothing more than an exciting challenge to overcome successfully.

If you want to be healthy, you fist have to imagine yourself in a healthy state. The speech you use and words you use to describe yourself, must be positive and upbeat. Sports psychologists have been using positive affirmations to challenge their teams and prepare athletes for victory year after year. You can adopt the same techniques to improve your physical, mental and emotional health.

The Art of Positive Speech
Affirmations are simple statements that create health and abundance for you. We literally create the world around us. If we speak and think positively, we create positive circumstances. There are some things you should know about affirmations.
1. Your affirmations must be positive. Terms like “can’t,” or “don’t” aren’t positive. Instead you should think in terms of “I can” “I will” or “I deserve.”

2. When starting out you should sit down, decide what areas in your life you want to improve and then create a list of positive affirmations you can repeat every day.

3. Avoid lengthy statements. Your affirmations should be brief and to the point.

4. Truly believe. Your affirmations won’t do a lick of good if you don’t believe in what you are saying.
You can use affirmations to improve any aspect of your life. They are especially worthwhile for promoting health and wellness. Here are some examples of positive affirmations you can use to improve your health and well-being.
  • I can maintain my ideal body weight successfully.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I deserve to be disease free.
  • I am energetic. I deserve to be filled with energy.
  • I am able to sleep well and wake up feeling rested.
  • I am in control of my health.
  • I have the power to defeat disease and illness.
  • I love and respect my body.
  • I feel at peace with my body.
  • I respect my body for what it is.
  • My body is beautiful.

Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is just as important as positive speech. Multiple studies are constantly being carried out to identify the link between positive thinking and disease. Negative thoughts have just as much power as positive ones. They slowly chip away at you, resulting in poor self-esteem, depression and even more negativity. No matter who you are, where you are from, what you do or what your background, you have to remember that you are a supreme human being! You deserve the best. The number one way to start feeling better is to start thinking positively.

How do you do that? Simply remind yourself internally every day that you are a great person. Feel like you are coming down with a cold? No problem. Visualize yourself overcoming your illness. You have to start believing you can feel better to actually start feeling better. Patients who are optimistic almost always report a better quality of life than those who have a negative attitude, despite their predicted health outcome.

Optimism isn’t simply a matter of feeling. It is a resource for overcoming illness, pain, injury, anxiety and depression. It can improve your treatment outcomes and help you overcome complications. Your body is physiologically tied to your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. For you to be healthy, you have to recognize the connection that exists between your mind, body and spirit.

Here are some steps for creating a positive mental outlook:
1. Remember that your mental expectations of your outcomes can influence your actual health outcome. Thus if you have a medical condition and expect a treatment to fail, it is more likely to fail then if you view it in a positive light. Consider the placebo effect. Countless studies have shown that time and time again patients report relief from a placebo drug when they don’t realize they aren’t getting actual medication. It is simply the belief that something positive will happen from the pill that results in an actual medical change.

2. Avoid negative thinking. If you find your thoughts turning negative, repeat several positive affirmations.

3. Mentally picture your body healthy and well. If you want to lose weight, imagine what your body will look like when you have met your weight loss goals. Positive imagery can go a long way toward influencing your health outcomes.
We are what we think, just as much as we are what we eat. Each and every day on waking, start thinking about the positive things you expect from your day. You’ll find your health and well being rapidly improves from these simple and effective techniques.