Something a little lighter today than the gloom and doom of the American health realm. Those with negative thoughts tend to live a more pessimistic lifestyle and those with positive thinking tend to have a more optimistic outlook on life. Well, duh that makes sense, if you’re constantly seeing doom and gloom , you’re not going to think that great things are possible. Heath benefits associated with a positive outlook are:
- increased life span
- decreased rate of depression
- increased resistance common cold
- decreased levels distress
- reduced risk death cardio disease
- better psychological and physical well-being
- better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Here are some ways that the mayo clinic recommends changing to a more positive outlook:
Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
Follow a healthy lifestyle. Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people, those who believe they have no power over their lives, may increase your stress level and may make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about yourself.
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