A positive look at 2012

One of the keys to a longer, healthier life just might be in your smile. In a recent study of more than 6, 000 adults, scientists found that those with ‘sunny’ dispositions had a significantly reduced risk of stroke.

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States; heart disease is the No. 1 killer. The glass half-full approach doesn’t help only your heart; research also suggests it may boost your mood, immune system and longevity. Some findings suggest positive thinking can have a direct influence on how well your body works.

Here are 4 strategies to help brighten your outlook and potentially boost your health in 2012:

  • Shift One Perspective at a Time ~ Pick a part of your life that you tend to cast an unfavorable light – your daily commute, for example. Focus on fixing your thinking there first. Instead of getting frustrated in traffic, think of it as an uninterrupted alone time to listen to music or plan something fun for the weekend.
  • Let Yourself Laugh ~ It helps you relax and reduces stress. Rent a funny movie or read a joke. Learn from children – they know how to play and laugh.
  • Surround Yourself with Happy People ~ It will rub off on you – plus, those are the friends you can depend on when your feeling down.
  • Negative Thoughts, Positive Talk ~ Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. When a negative thought enters your mind evaluate it rationally and give it a positive spin.
Inspired by ‘The Doctors,’ award winning daytime TV show

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