Are ‘Glass Half Full’ People Healthier?

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Isn’t it so nice to be around happy, positive people? It’s easy to see the benefits we gain from associating with those who are filled with optimism.

And science has proven… attitude does affect your health! Several studies have linked an upbeat outlook to a healthier weight, reduced risk for depression, lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, better blood sugar levels, and longer life.

On the other hand, a negative attitude can contribute to decreased immune response, heart disease, and cancer.

The good news?  Mental wellness is a life skill, according to Dr. Richard J. Davidson, founder of The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He says, “If you practice, you can actually get better at it.”

So here are some easy ways to incorporate optimism in your life.

Practice Gratitude:

Every morning start your day with a big thank you for all the good things in your life. Gratitude brings a sense of hope and happiness to the day’s beginning. This will spill into the whole day.

It’s not a Problem, It’s a Challenge:

Rethink those hurdles in life as absolute challenges. You can overcome any obstacle when viewed with optimism and a good strategy.

Keep Company with Positive People:

You are influenced by your peers, period. Optimism can be contagious. So can negativity, so be careful about the attitude of your friends.

Night Time Gratitude Prayers:

Fall asleep thinking about all that makes you happy. Take time at the end of the day to be thankful for even the small things that happened during your day. Maybe jot down a quick thank you note to someone who made a difference in your day.

Many studies have shown that optimistic happy people are more compliant with doctor appointments, medical regimens, diet, and exercise. Optimistic people get their health screenings and vaccinations when recommended. Being optimistic means you look forward to the opportunity that each day brings.

How can you accomplish this? Well, think about starting a positive living book club or monthly gathering. Create these like-minded friends and commit to seeing life as “glass half full”. Use your peers as anchors in in your optimistic outlook. Talk with your partner about creating positive feelings in your relationship. Your body will be far healthier when you see life as happier!

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Stephanie Moore, MDAfter spending 20 years as a leading Boston cardiologist, Dr. Stephanie Moore embarked on a complimentary practice to help patients plan the changes needed to achieve wellness and a healthy skin glow. She believes wellness truly is derived from inner balance. As a sought-after motivational speaker on wellness, Dr. Moore stresses that a healthy appearance, supreme confidence and poise are possible for everyone. Dr. Moore is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.


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