Isn’t it so nice to be around happy, positive people? It is easy to see the benefits we gain from associating with those who are filled with optimism. Attitude does affect health, here’s how.
The Mayo clinic studied patients in the 1960’s with an optimism survey. They were tracked for 30 years to see if a sunny disposition makes a difference.
The findings are really amazing. Those with the highest optimism ranking had close to a 20% better chance of still being alive. Honestly, other than calories consumed/day, there are few factors that correlate with such results over time. It may seem like common sense, but now it is scientific fact. Optimistic people are happier and much less prone to have depression. A negative attitude can contribute to decreased immune response, heart disease and cancer.
So some easy ways to incorporate optimism in your life might be the following:
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!