Is optimism over-rated?
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health links a more optimistic outlook with a lowered risk of heart disease in men. The Women’s Health Initiative Study suggests that a positive mental outlook is associated with reduced evidence of coronary heart disease and total mortality in postmenopausal women.
So how can you have a more optimistic outlook and improve your peace of mind? There are so many ways! To begin, though, it requires that you control your thoughts.
Let’s start with worry. So many people put all their attention on avoiding what they don’t want instead of focusing their attention and energy on creating what they do want. Heed the adage…
“If you can’t do anything about it… then why worry? If you can do something about it, then do it and stop worrying about it.”
Beyond worry, here are a few other common sense tips:
- So many people are so concerned about what other people MAY be thinking about them that they stop being themselves. The problem is, in an effort at acceptance, they aren’t being accepted but their fabrication is.
- Human beings are social creatures which means YOU will benefit by being out and among other people. Being more social will improve your outlook.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Though there have been varying reports about how much is enough, but we think 7-8 hours is ideal for most people.
- Find balance in your life. Balance physical, social, and emotional time!
- Find a path. Whether it is prayer or meditation or affirmations… find a way that works for you.
- Random acts of kindness build you!
A multitude of articles in practically every popular, medical, health and news journal has praised the benefits of a positive mental attitude on longevity as well as other positive aspects of health and aging. Optimistic people tend to live longer, have stronger personal relationships and are able to deal with both the ups and downs of life in a way that allows them to continue to be able to be there for others so that others can help them. Your peace of mind adds to your health!