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What Can A Positive Attitude Do For You? Find Out Here!

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The Power of a Positive Attitude


The Mayo Clinic recently reported on several of the benefits of a positive attitude. According to their findings, optimistic people enjoy the following advantages:

• Lower levels of distress and depression
• Greater resistance to the common cold
• Longer life spans
• Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
• Better methods of stress relief
• Greater physical and psychological health

While the researchers remain unsure as to why having a positive outlook on life conveys such advantages, they prove that optimists are more likely to make healthier choices. Positive people may also decrease the effect of stress hormones on their bodies simply by dealing with stress better. When looking at life in a positive way, you can be happy about your experience in life because that’s what allows you to recognize a mistake when you’ve made it again. That can be your first step to making a positive change, by seeing the mistake repeated and embracing it with a positive attitude, instead of beating yourself up over it.

Reshape Your Perspective with Positive Words

If you are not a naturally positive person, it may seem like you are stuck with the way you view the world. The truth is that you can change. No one is suggesting that you spend your day falsely projecting a happy visage–that can actually be more stressful than being yourself. You can, however, learn to use positive words and implement positive thinking in order to affect a change in your moods.

Incorporate some of the following ideas throughout your day in order to change your outlook.

Perform an attitude check periodically.

Are your thoughts mostly positive or negative? If they are negative, make a conscious effort to change their flow.

Find opportunities to laugh.

Laughter is therapeutic on many fronts. Make time for humor in your day, whether with a daily joke, an entertaining program or just by searching for the funny aspect of a particular event.

Use positive words.

If you wouldn’t say something to someone else because it is hurtful or mean, don’t say it to yourself. This basic rule is an excellent way to start positive self-talk. Be kind to yourself and gentle with your speech.

Cultivate positive friendships.

By surrounding yourself with positive people, you can improve your ability to be positive as well. Negative people will drag you down, so eliminate them from your life wherever possible.

Smile at people.

Smiling is a very simple act you can perform each time you meet someone. Not only will it put you in a better frame of mind, those you greet will be more receptive as well.

Positive Thinking Takes Practice

 


Just like any other skill, learning positive thinking takes practice. If you are unaccustomed to encouraging yourself and speaking positively, you will need to practice your new mindset; the more you practice it, the more natural it will become.

Other things you can do to improve your positive attitude include eating well and getting regular exercise and sleep. It is more challenging to maintain a positive outlook when you are tired or your body lacks essential nutrients. You will also enjoy better health if you treat your body well, so the benefits multiply with little effort on your part.

Remember that you are bound to have some setbacks where you fall back into your old patterns, but persist. The rewards of a positive attitude are immeasurable, so stick with it!

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Self-Esteem and Laughter: How Do You Feel About You?

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Feel Better About Yourself With The Power of Laughter Therapy



 

Your Powerful Tool: Laughter Therapy

When was the last time you enjoyed a really good belly laugh? How about the last time you laughed at yourself? The power of laughter is impressive, but as we grow up we often forget how good it feels to laugh. Too often, we tend to get all caught-up in the regular routine of day to day life, but we can also choose to remember this important tool and take the vital steps in implementing it into our daily routine. Laughter therapy offers you an opportunity to get back in touch with your lighter side of life and it also provides you with numerous unexpected benefits as well!
 

It’s More than a Laughing Matter

A common misperception about laughter therapy is that all it means is standing with others in a circle while laughing. It is true that some of the exercises or group sessions do call for people to do exactly that, but there is much more involved. Laughter must be combined with positive self-talk, optimistic thinking, and an affirmative attitude to achieve truly remarkable results. Sure, you can practice this excercise in mnay ways, but the most important thing is to discover what works best for you. It might be that laughter yoga works best for you, or possibly, watching stand-up comedy is a good method. Whatever your method, you will gain tremendous benefits by incorporating this into your regular routine.

The Science Behind the Humor

The effects of humor and a positive attitude have not been lost on the medical community. In fact, a growing number of research studies are being conducted to evaluate the connection between humor, self-esteem and health. One such study, carried out at the University of Indiana, demonstrated a direct correlation between humor and health. The researchers reached the following conclusions:
 

• “Laughter is believed to act as a coping mechanism to relieve stress, improve self-esteem and reduce psychological symptoms related to negative life events.”
• “Sense of humor is often connected to higher levels of self-esteem.”
• “Sense of humor was also related to higher scores and quality of life in undergraduates.”
 

Does a sense of humor necessarily equal better self-esteem? No. However, the research, which is still in its infancy, indicates that people with an ability to maintain their sense of humor during a challenge fare much better than those who don’t. Furthermore, a sense of humor is vitally important for anyone seeking to improve their self-esteem. If you can laugh at yourself, then you feel less imtimidated by the world around you. In this case, no one is able to laugh at you because you have already set a platform upon which they can only laugh with you. Once you accept laughter therapy as a viable method for improving the quality of your life, you can utilize it for many areas in your life from improving your self-esteem to getting the promotion at work, or any area in your life that you seek to transform.

Positive Thinking Leads to a Positive Attitude


The first step in positive thinking actually involves eliminating negative thinking from your daily experiences. There are several steps to take.


Don’t Filter. Learn to see the whole experience, not just the bad parts. Negative thinkers tend to focus on one mistake in a collection of good choices, which rather obliviates the good choices made.

Don’t Catastrophize. If one negative experience makes you think that your whole day is ruined, you need to put things back into perspective. Too often we tend to give permanent reality to temporary situations/chaleenges.

Avoid Black and White Visualization. Few things in life are entirely good or completely bad. This holds true for people, too. Negative thinking forces you to see things in this fashion, either all good or all bad. Look for shades of gray and colors.

Once you start looking for moments where you engage in negative thinking it will be easier to replace those thoughts with positive ones:

Practice Positive Self-Talk. Learning to speak positively to yourself takes time and practice, especially if it is a new skill. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Look for small things you can start with and build up. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t say it to someone else, don’t say it to yourself.

Look for Humor. Once you take a step back from a stressful situation you can often find something funny in it. Just the simple act of laughing will make you feel better and boost your self-esteem.

Choose One Goal. Changing everything would be overwhelming for anyone. Pick just one aspect of your life you want to work on and stick with it until you feel that you have made some good progress.

By using these techiniques, you are bound to see a difference in not only your self-esteem, but also in your life and your interaction with others.

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