Positive thinking and health status among adults in a tertiary care hospital of Delhi, India

Mongjam Meghachandra Singh, Sanchit Duhan, Sumita Sandhu, Reeta Devi


Background: The positive emotions are important to the science of well-being simply because positive emotions are markers of optimal well-being. The positive emotions produce optimal functioning, not just within the present but over the long term as well and also as a means to achieving psychological growth and improved psychological and physical well-being over time.

Methods: It was a cross sectional study conducted in a tertiary hospital of New Delhi. The aim was to study the satisfaction with life and positive/negative emotions. A total of 170 subjects were enrolled randomly from out-patient department (OPD) patients (85 patients and 85 who were apparently healthy and did not have any complaint related to health). They were assessed with pre- tested questionnaire. Comparisons between patients and controls were done using chi-square test and p<0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: Majority subjects were aged 21-30 years, 50.6% were males, 30.6% patients and 11.9% controls were illiterate. 50.6% of participants among controls had positive thinking as compared to 36.5% in patients (p<0.05). The effect of behaviour including tobacco smoking and chewing, alcohol consumption was also studied. There was no significant difference in positive/ negative thinking among smokers and alcohol consumption.  

Conclusions: Positive thinking was found significantly high among the apparently healthy subjects as compared to patients (diseased). Large scale community based studies are required to find out the consistency in association between positive thinking and health.


Health status, Positive thinking

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