A recent study of 6,000 adults over the age of 50 found that those with a “sunny” disposition had a significantly reduced risk of a stroke. They tend to make healthier food choices, exercise more, and exhibit positive thinking.
Positive thinking seems to help your heart, boost your mood, support your immune system and lengthen longevity.
To help brighten your outlook on life:
A. Learn to fix your thinking. Pick a part of your daily routine that may just put you into an uncontrollable frenzy. Traffic seems to be the most irritating. Use the time stuck in traffic to find a new radio station or mentally plan a fun weekend.
B. Laugh. Find something positive in a negative situation, twist it around, and come up with a good reason to have a good belly laugh about the whole thing.
C. Hang out. Find some wonderful upbeat friends you can depend on when you’re feeling depressed and lean on them as needed.
D. Positive Talk. Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. Learn to turn negative thoughts into positive twists. It’s ok to reinforce your own negative thoughts about a particular situation into an opportunity to perhaps learn something new.
Maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA) helps not only those over 50 years old to maintain a healthier lifestyle, but is key for young people as well. It will keep them young, optimistic and happy. Wear a smile, maintain a sunny disposition, and think positive–your life will be full of joy! Experiencing joy is what God wants for all his children.