Think Positive – Be Positive

A positive attitude can improve the quality of your life and improve your health. You won’t believe what studies indicate a positive attitude will do for you:

  • increase your life span
  • reduce your risk of depression
  • reduce feelings of distress
  • provide greater resistance to the common cold
  • improved mental and physical well-being
  • provide better coping skills for times of stress and hardship

Wow! So, what is it about a positive attitude that reaps all of these health rewards? It’s thought that a positive attitude lessens the harmful effects of stress through better coping skills. It doesn’t mean that less-than-pleasant situations are ignored, but rather approached in a more positive and productive way. Positive people are also generally thought to be more physically active, eat a better diet, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in excess.

Positive thinking starts with positive self-talk–you know, the endless stream of automatic thoughts that run through your head. You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking; here are some examples to get you going.

Instead of… Think…
I’ve never done it before. It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
It’s too complicated. I’ll tackle it from a different angle.
I don’t have the resources. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I’m too lazy to get this done. I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule, but I can re-examine some priorities.
There’s no way it will work. I can try to make it work.
It’s too radical a change. Let’s take a chance.
No one bothers to communicate with me. I’ll see if I can open the channels of communication.
I’m not going to get any better at this. I’ll give it another try.
I’ll never be able to lose weight like that person. I wonder what I can learn from her experience. If she can do it, then I can, too.
Eating healthy is too difficult. I’m worth making the effort to select healthy foods.
I’m such a failure. I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’m ready to be successful.
I can’t. I can and I will.

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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