Did you know that positive people live longer, happier, healthier lives? According to our trusted friends at the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of positive thinking include:
· Increased life span
· Lower rates of depression
· Lower levels of distress
· Greater resistance to the common cold
· Better psychological and physical well-being
· Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
· Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Most experts agree that these benefits are connected to the positive person’s ability to better manage and cope with hardship including everything from daily stress to grief and/or trauma.
We are all capable and worthy of making positive changes in our lives regardless of age or circumstance. We each have the power to change or modify our own dispositions.
· We can start by counting our blessings instead of focusing on our disappointments.
· We can commit to being more active and involved in our communities.
· We can practice positive self talk until our words become our realities.
· We can grant forgiveness instead of continuing to harbor ill-will or guilt.
· We can practice kindness and appreciation until they become habits.