Positive Psychology Influencing The
Onset of a Positive Lifestyle and Positive Health
There have been numerous studies in the realm of Positive Psychology and the effects it can influence in other sectors of a person’s overall wellbeing, especially in terms of attaining a positive mindset and treatment of negative general disorders, the short term benefits of a positive psychological outlook and the long term health and lifestyle benefits that are produced from it. In a 2006 journal article, Park, Peterson & Seligman stated that character strengths that were most associated with positive life satisfaction, and thereby positive psychology attaining a positive lifestyle, were hope, zest, gratitude and love. This paper examines how a person through gaining a positive psychological outlook through treatment or otherwise can have short term benefits that lead into long term gains in creating a positive lifestyle and achieving positive health.
The Influences of the Mind on the Body and The Benefits of a Positive Mental State
The effect that the mind on the body in terms of a negative psychology has already been well documented, with the Mental Health Organisation of the United Kingdom has found that Depression has been linked to a 67% increased risk of death from heart disease and a 50% increased risk of death from cancer, while sufferers of Schizophrenia had double the risk of death from Heart Disease and three times the risk of death from respiratory disease (2014). The Mental Health Organization go on to say that this increased risk is due to those that suffer a negative psychological condition often do not get the healthcare they are entitled to due to being less likely to receive routine checks that might find physical abnormalities that herald these diseases, or are less likely to give up routines that exacerbate these conditions such as alcohol consumption or smoking. In order for a person to begin to benefit from a positive lifestyle and positive health, the first thing that must be done is to induce a positive mindset, as Thayer (1996, p3.) states that even the most unpleasant social situation can be bearable with a positive mood. With that in mind, the first step on the road to creating a more positive psychological mindset is to change one’s outlook on life, as Seligman (2002, p.69) puts forward that those who do not express negative emotions but instead use different strategies to cope with the stresses of life tend to be more positive in themselves.
Attaining a Positive Mental State
To enact a change in a person’s psyche, they first must make changes in their lives that benefit them and promote happiness and wellbeing. In their journal article Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, and Schkade (2005) stipulate that what determines the happiness of a person is determined by a mixture of 40% of intentional activity that a person commits to, 50% a genetically set point of how happy a person is, and 10% by actual circumstance. This means that despite a...