The other day I came across a fascinating article I found on John Hopkins. In a study conducted by Lisa Yanek, she found that individuals who hold a more positive outlook are around 13% less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases even if they have a family history. Even though the connection between health and optimism is gray, some health professionals suspect that positive thinking can better protect people from stress induced inflammatory damage. Isn’t this awesome?
Just wait, it gets better. Additional studies have shown that having a positive attitude can improve one’s life satisfaction after suffering from a stroke, brain injury, or other forms of brain trauma. What I think researchers are getting at here is this: you have the power to control your life. All it takes is the right mindset to do so.
Two of the most effective ways that I try to maintain a positive mindset are by reframing my circumstances and building resilience. When referring to reframing my circumstances, let me illustrate this with an example. Say you have to work on the first “real day” of summer. The weather is perfect, the sun is shining and all of your friends are meeting at your favorite beach. Instead of being resentful that you have to work, appreciate that you have a job in the first place. The second way that I maintain a positive mindset is by building resilience. By maintaining strong relationships with your family and friends, they will help you spring back into action after going through a challenging period. By tweaking your mind to use a different perspective, you will be happier and healthier in the long run.