Think About What You're Thinking About
With the changing of seasons and the busyness of life, it is so important to slow down and examine our attitudes. I have learned the power of this in my journey and believe it can be powerful in yours. In this first video of a new series I share a high level overview of what it means to have a positive attitude. In my journey, I have continuously seen that we choose what we think about and can have power over our thoughts. This makes a huge difference not only in our happiness but in our well-being and health.
This is even being found in science and research. Carol Ryff, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been studying mental health. She states that "There is a science that is emerging that says a positive attitude isn't just a state of mind," she says. "It also has linkages to what's going on in the brain and in the body." Ryff has shown that individuals with higher levels of well-being have lower cardiovascular risk, lower levels of stress hormones and lower levels of inflammation, which serves as a marker of the immune system. (USAToday.com)
It is even showing that there are links between attitude and living longer. A 30-year study of 447 people at the Mayo Clinic found that optimists had around a 50 percent lower risk of early death than pessimists. The study's conclusion? "Mind and body are linked and attitude has an impact on the final outcome -- death."
So it is being seen by research, and by people, myself included, that a positive attitude is powerful. I think Dale Carnegie says it best when he states: "Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude."
Stay tuned for the next video in this series as we dive deeper by figuring out how we can change those negative thoughts into positive ones!