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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