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Choosing

I talk a lot about choices and how life is filled with choices that we must make. And one of the choices I make is to be happy in spite of all the health issues I have and make no mistake…it is a choice. Some call it pretending to be happy. Do not pretend to be happy…CHOOSE to be happy for it is within your power. We do not choose all that happens to us but we can choose how we deal with what happens to us.

Studies are showing that there is a link between our attitude and our health.  Those with a positive attitude look forward and those with a negative attitude stay in the same place worrying over the same things every day. It is all in what we choose to do.

“People with a positive attitude typically tend to focus on solutions, and not the problem, which leads to greater feelings of productivity and, consequently, higher levels of happiness.”  Livestrong.com

I loved this quote above when I read it. Positive attitude people focus on solutions or finding a way to make things better. Negative people, those that choose to be victims,  focus on the problem and all that is wrong. Have you ever thought about which way you turn your energies. I just refuse to dwell on things I can not change and so if I can not fix it then I find a way to work around it. It would drive me nuts to sit day after day focusing on all the health things wrong and not being able to do anything about them. We are talking over 32 years here folks.

I get teased a lot about being a Pollyanna and if I could get a shirt made it would say “POLLYANNA” on it just for the sake of it. I am not ashamed of being a positive person. I am not ashamed of choosing to be happy instead of sad all the time. I am not ashamed of choosing to focus on the good instead of the bad. Sorry but I just can not go that route. Not when I have a choice.

“A study published by U.S. News and World Reports states that optimistic women had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause after eight years than those who were more pessimistic.”  Livestrong.com
 
Women do you read this above. Being optimistic can lower your risk of death. How much more do we need to know before we realize and start choosing to be more positive? Does this mean we never get down. No, it simply means we do not stay down. That is a choice too.

A study on the mind-body connection by the University of Rochester found clear evidence that the brain has the ability to send signals to immune-system cells. Further, the study on aging published by KIVITV/ABC states that those with negative views about aging tend to fulfill their own poor prognosis in studies. Therefore, science proves the case that having a positive attitude is healthy for your mind and body.  Livestrong.com

It makes perfect sense that if you can improve the mind, making it more hopeful and positive, it would then affect the entire bodily system, helping to cure what ails you. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.kxlQl4H4.dpuf
It makes perfect sense that if you can improve the mind, making it more hopeful and positive, it would then affect the entire bodily system, helping to cure what ails you. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.kxlQl4H4.dpuf
It makes perfect sense that if you can improve the mind, making it more hopeful and positive, it would then affect the entire bodily system, helping to cure what ails you. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.kxlQl4H4.dpuf
It makes perfect sense that if you can improve the mind, making it more hopeful and positive, it would then affect the entire bodily system, helping to cure what ails you. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.kxlQl4H4.dpuf
It makes perfect sense that if you can improve the mind, making it more hopeful and positive, it would then affect the entire bodily system, helping to cure what ails you. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.kxlQl4H4.dpuf
Unfortunately for us all, hope isn’t something your doctor can prescribe for you; you have to find it on your own. So, before you give in to that constant pity party, consider your health. And never trivialize the power of positive thinking. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.iw27inQE.dpuf
I truly believe our bodies have the capability of healing ourselves. I use visualization a lot. I visualize an army of cells that marches through my veins rounding up the pain mongers and every breath I blow out, they are sending them out of my mouth and down into the ground.  I use the same visualization for infections and whatever I am battling.
 
Sometimes we can be “self-fulfilling prophecies” by thinking so much about how sick we are or how bad we feel that we fulfill those feelings and actually make ourselves sicker. The National Institute on Health says that our emotions play a huge part in our physical health. I think that is why children seem to handle sickness so much better than adults do for the most part. They do not sit and dwell on all that is wrong and do the woe is me syndrome as I call it. They just want to feel enough better to play again.

“Other research has found that optimism can positively affect both mental and physical health.One recent study examined 662 disaster victims in the Netherlands. A control group of 526 unaffected people was also included in the study. The researchers found that people with a more pessimistic attitude were at greater risk for severe depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, anxiety, sleeping problems, and problems with social function than those who were more optimistic.”   Yale Medical Group

If we know that our attitude plays such a big role in our physical health then why do we choose to not be positive?  Why would anyone choose to be negative when the research is showing that being positive affects your physical and your mental health?

Why not create your day to be one filled with positive thoughts and one in which you looked for the good in things rather than being quick to point out the negative or bad in the day. There is good there. We may have to look for it but it is there. It may simply be that your coffee tastes better than it has in days.

And while you are looking for the good…get up and move. That old saying “move it or lose it” is true.  Did you know that ” While flexibility and power decrease substantially after just one week of inactivity, endurance will decline after two weeks”  This is why I work so hard to walk on my forearm crutches. Laying in the bed, muscles will atrophy and you will become weak.  So, get up and move, look for the good things around where you are and see the bright side of life for a while. Choose to be happy.

 
Doctors have discovered a biochemical connection between the brain and the body. According to the National Institute of Health at Georgetown University, emotions play a huge part in helping us maintain healthy bodies. Believe it or not, the psychological and chemical processes that control the neural, hormonal, and immune systems all use the very same neuropeptides in order to communicate. Since the brain and the body use the same chemicals, it makes sense that these elements would affect the mind as well as the body. – See more at: http://www.psitek.net/pages/PsiTek-revolutionary-positive-thinking-5.html#sthash.iw27inQE.dpuf
 

May 1, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Well said!

    Comment by Dayna McCleery | May 2, 2013 | Reply


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