Central Idea/Thesis statement: To demonstrate that positive thinking has the ability to help a person heal and cope with adversity.
How would you feel if I told you I was going to take away 7.5 years of your life today? Something tells me that I wouldn't be making any new friends by this comment. By thinking negative thoughts you are in fact doing this very thing to yourselves according to recent studies conducted by researchers at Yale University. It's a proven fact that those people who consistently think positive and try to look at the bright side of life live a longer, more enjoyable existence. The benefits of thinking positive don't end there though. Those people who look at the bright side of life routinely do better when ill or recovering from surgery as well as being able to handle stressful situations that would normally incapacitate a more pessimistic individual. I myself once thought that this was all a sham until my great grandfather got diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. The doctors told him that the cancer was to far gone and that he only had a few weeks to live. Throughout out his ordeal he kept up a positive attitude and kept telling everyone that the doctors was wrong and he was going to get better. Although he eventually passed away he went on to live almost a year longer that the doctors told him to expect and most of that time he was doing fairly well. This help convinced me that the power of positive thought really can have a impact if you only have the courage to believe. That's why I hope to convince you all today to become positive thinkers because it has the power to really affect the quality of your lives if embraced.
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