Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude

A recent article from the Huffington Post describes the benefits of positive thinking and positive attitudes.
The one major benefit is living longer

The article, Do Positive People Live Longer, highlights many studies that have concluded the benefits of positive thinking, versus a negative or pessimistic outlook.  The main reason is that positive-thinking people usually have less stress in their lives. They manage stress more effectively, and less stress is good for maintaining a healthy body.  Healthy bodies have a better chance of fighting off disease and infection.  Ways to become more positive are also described in the article, and included are the following suggestions:

- Counting blessings is a simple way to increase positivity in your life. Make a list of five to ten things that you are grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours, and do this every day for a month. Another ideas would be to challenge yourself to go three weeks without complaining, moaning, or criticizing.

- If you have a tendency to “make mountains out of molehills”,  try out the opposite for one week. Try "making molehills out of mountains".

These simple techniques don’t sound like much, but if they become a habit, they’ll be some of the best habits you’ve ever adopted, because they might just add years to your life.

Do Positive People Live Longer?  Check out the full article here:

Have a wonderful, positive-thinking day!

~ Angela Gentile

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