Positive Thoughts, Healthy Body
It’s been said that a healthy body makes for a healthy soul. But, some suggest that the exact opposite might be true. So often, we get caught up in the stress that everyday life – work, busy schedules, kids, relationships – brings on, that we don’t realize it actually does affect our well-being, as a whole.
Traits like optimism, higher self-esteem and effective stress management skills can, obviously, reap benefits for your emotional health, but they also have a positive effect on the people you interact with and most importantly, your physical health.
Although it’s unclear why, scientific research has proven that people who consistently engage in positive outlooks experience an increased lifespan, lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold, better stress coping skills and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
So, keep those spirits up! Here’s how to maintain a positive attitude and keep a glass half-full perspective for living ‘LaVida’ healthy:
Think rationally, Not Fearfully
It’s easier to see the positive side of things when you take a step back and consider the facts of a situation, rather than jump to conclusions that are based on worst case scenario outcomes.
Reevaluate Your Circle
When those who you spend the most time around have negative attitudes, it can make yours sour too. Keep positive, upbeat, fun and like-minded people in your life, and it’ll help you to see the up side of things, too.
Take Up a Hobby
Setting aside time each week to do things you enjoy can be very fulfilling, especially if you endure a stressful job and lots of other responsibilities. It can help you recharge, keep stress at bay and promote an overall sense of happiness and joy.
LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH!
We can’t stress this one enough! Let the good times (and the LOLs) roll!