As you watch the nightly news from Haiti, do you feel anger, sadness, a sense of futility? Or do you feel overwhelmed by the generosity of countries sending doctors, aid workers, heavy equipment. Happy that people are being saved, neighborhoods are being reached and survivors being fed.
It’s something I’ve always wondered. What makes someone default to either a positive or a negative attitude?
We all have a choice every day when we rise from slumber. We can choose to embrace the day and make it a positive one. Smile instead of frown, compliment instead of put down, whistle instead of grumble, help someone else instead of worrying about our own problems.
There is a statistical information that says that being positive actually improves your life. Some of the health benefits of positive thinking include:
- Increased life span
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills in times of stress
How can you be more positive today? What does being around positive people do for your mood?