The other day I was reading the magazine my car insurance company sent to me, just in case there was anything interesting in there. Along with a powerful article about four inspiring women who lost their spouses and benefited by having life insurance, there also one about 20 reasons to be optimistic in the new year. After being bombarded with so much news of a tanked economy, loss of jobs and how much money people spent on Christmas this year, it was nice to read about the positivity happening in the world.
As I read about how we are using less energy, that we are safer, using less fuel, and that our forests are growing I finally got to listed item number 20. I just two paragraphs it embodies how having a positive attitude can be a huge help to our health and well being. The American Heart Association published research in 2009 about women who expected good and how they lived longer. They also found that they were less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes. It also mentioned how researchers at the University of Kentucky published a study conducted that included law students. They found that having a bright outlook affected their class performance and their immune system.
I talk a lot about how perception is everything and have recently included in my conversations the power of having a positive attitude and how that affects your perception. Shifting our perceptions and our ability to change our attitude about what we perceive can have that amplified affect. So for those of who you who have had a habit of being pessimistic or focusing on the bad part of what happens in life, you may want to rethink and use your thoughts more intentionally.
I too have seen people strengthen their immune system, melt those pounds off their body, smile more, and be lighter about things after changing their attitude. One of the most noticeable differences is in the quality of their relationships and the type of people they start to attract. They seem to have an ease in their life where there wasn’t before and an overall relaxed state that allows them to deal with anything that comes their way. What’s on your new year’s resolutions list and what are you trying to free yourself from? Try adding a change in attitude about ______ and see how things change for you. Maybe you’ll have an easier time achieving all of those other resolutions because of the power of this one.