Out of everything that occurs daily, the only thing that we can control is our attitude and how we react. Whether you realize it or not, your attitude affects how your day goes. Beyond this, your outlook can actually impact your health and wellness.
Maintaining a positive attitude in life is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. At Silver Comet Village, a senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, we truly believe in the power of positivity. To help you better understand how positivity impacts your life, we are sharing how a positive demeanor can affect our health and wellness.
What is Positive Thinking?
When individuals hear the term “positive thinking,” many assume that it means thinking that everything in the world and their lives is great. This is obviously unrealistic.
Positive thinking is not about thinking that everything smells like roses. It is about bringing a positive attitude to all situations. You know that there will be times of inconvenience or just bad days. When you have a positive attitude through life’s challenges, you try to make the best out of the situation.
Positive thinking is realistic. Instead of worrying about a situation and getting negative, think positively, accept the situation, and make the most out of it.
The Benefits of Positivity
Not only does stress cause health issues like high blood pressure, but it can also make other health conditions worsen. Positivity can help manage and reduce feelings of stress. By finding the best in any situation, you are less likely to worry and think negatively about the problem at hand, thus decreasing levels of anxiety and stress.
Boost Immune System
According to recent studies, there is a connection between positivity and immunity. The studies showed that when an individual held a positive, optimistic attitude, their immune system was stronger. On the other hand, negativity and pessimistic attitudes resulted in a drop in immune system functioning.
Additionally, stress can reduce your body’s immune function. Positive thinking helps fight feelings of stress and anxiety, preventing it from weakening your immune system.
To learn more ways to increase your immune system functioning, read our blog, “How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally This Flu Season.”
Improve Heart Health
Positivity has been shown to reduce hypertension and lower your risk of developing other forms of heart disease such as strokes and heart attacks.
A study published with the American Psychological Association states, “pessimistic and anxious adults had higher [blood pressure] levels and felt more negative and less positive that did optimists or low anxious adults throughout the monitoring.”
Individuals who maintain a positive attitude are also more inclined to lead healthier lifestyles that result in better heart health. For instance, these individuals are more likely to eat healthier, exercise regularly, and get quality sleep.
Because positive thinking leads to establishing healthier habits, positivity may help you age healthier and increase your longevity.
Better Handle or Manage Challenges
Life is full of challenges. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you handle these challenges more effectively. When you look for the positives in a situation and try to make the best out of a challenge, it will be easier to address what needs to be done to overcome it.
How to Create Positivity
Maintaining a positive attitude is a choice. Even though it may be difficult at times, we control our attitude and how we handle life’s moments – good and bad. Some tips to help create positivity in your life include:
- Consciously replacing negative thoughts with positive ones
- Participating in yoga or meditation
- Taking control of and responsibility for your life
- Surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people
At Silver Comet Village, our team is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of every one of our residents. Through compassionate care tailored to each individual, engaging activities, and outstanding amenities, our village provides a positive environment in which individuals can thrive.
A new year is a chance for a fresh start. We encourage you to make it a positive one!
For more information about our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, contact a member of the Silver Comet Village team today!
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