I think it is especially hard at this time of year to focus on new starts, good continued habits and sticking with the exercise regime. Mornings can be frosty or chilly at best, days can be unforgivingly short with so much to do, and the calendar is so full of must-do things! Negative thoughts often come to the fore and they can be pretty unforgiving ….
yet we all know that with a positive frame of mind we achieve and succeed far more. I have always thought the power of optimism is much under-rated and so this posting by expert Dr Sally Norton was welcome verification of many facts. Read on for some sage advice, confirmation and some practical advice on how to make a shift in the right direction from impossible to possible!
HEALTH & SUCCESS – THE IMPORTANCE OF OPTIMISM
When you find yourself thinking those negative thoughts about yourself, your circumstances, or even about others, STOP! Instead, force yourself to think of three positive things instead – there will always be something. If you persevere with looking for the good, instead of the bad, it will become a habit. It’s well worth the effort – the benefits of being more optimistic are now being recognised in numerous studies
Many people see positivity as a genetic trait – something they are either born with, or not. In the same way that we might talk about our eye colour or height, many of us will describe ourselves as naturally optimistic or pessimistic. However, your brain can change! In the same way that we can train our brains to appreciate healthy food, we can train ourselves to have a more positive outlook on life
Improved Heart Health
According to a new study from the University of Illinois, having a positive outlook on life could provide you with better heart health. The study of more than 5,100 adults, found that those people who were most optimistic, were twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, compared with their pessimistic counterparts, with significantly better blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Not only this, but the optimists were also more likely to be physically active and have healthier BMIs.