Positive thinking can be a choice. Is the glass half-full, or half- empty? The truth depends on your outlook. Even when things seem grim, you can practice positive thinking and action. Doing so can boost your overall health by helping you:
How Powerful is Optimism to Your Health?
An eight-year study of women found that those with a more positive disposition were significantly less likely to die prematurely from major illnesses. How? Researchers found that not only did optimism tend to promote healthier choices that encourage longer life; they believe it also affects different systems in the body. The study results showed that the most positive women were:
Another study showed that pessimistic men were twice as likely to develop heart disease than their more cheerful counterparts. And, generally, individuals who tend to see blue skies instead of gray may also:
Positive vs. Happy...
Being positive doesn’t mean every day is going to be sunny and perfect. For instance, you can have health, money, or relationship problems, but still be optimistic about bettering your situation. And being happy doesn’t necessarily mean someone is always positive. A pessimist can feel overjoyed at winning the lottery, but still feel like everyone will try to take his or her money.
Positivity comes from your mindset. It’s what you think, feel, do and say that helps you function and thrive. Positive thinkers learn ways to work around hard times and get what they need for the life they want.
Take a Walk on the Bright Side...
Try these activities to help you practice positive thinking once a day or as often as you want. Then, see what it does for your well-being:
When employees feel good, they tend to perform better. That’s why most Chamber BlueOptions’ plans come with employee discounts on health products and services, as well as an online health and fitness program. Just contact your Anthem-appointed insurance producer for more information or visit the Chamber’s BlueOptions web page to find a producer. For more information on the Chamber BlueOptions health plan, please contact Mark Ellis by calling (207) 623-4568, ext. 107, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.