Healthspiration: Positive Thinking

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When it comes to being healthy, the first ideas that usually come to mind are diet and exercise. While those are two important factors, we should also consider on one more: our mindset.

According to a recent study at the Harvard School of Public Health, people who are optimistic have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke than those who aren’t. To go even further in this theory, Dr. Oz explained in an interview for the Huffington Post that humor improves immune cell function. With all of these healthy benefits, is it safe to say that there’s a connection between how we feel emotionally to how we feel physically?

Doctors will tell us over and over that stress and anxiety can lead to weight gain and sickness. It’s evident that something in our body that is responding to what we’re thinking. Positive thinking leads to healthy living. Here are some tips towards a healthy mindset:

STEP 1: Remember that misery loves company. Put an end to that by surrounding yourself with warm, encouraging personalities.

STEP 2: Figure out what best helps you relax. Sometimes a jog around the block or reading a good book can help with stress relief. Call up your best friend and reminisce on some embarrassing high school memories. As they say, “laughter is the best medicine.”

STEP 3: Let go, and let flow. Why worry about what you can’t control? It may be hard, but realize that it only increases the burden.

Understand that you may not be in control of what life throws at you, but you can control how you react to it.

by Ashley Cottrell

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