Make Sure Your Glass Is Half Full
In these oh so contentious times it’s easy to become pessimistic about things. But beware! A negative outlook can be hazardous to your health.
In a recent study 91 percent of the most optimistic respondents reported feeling confident in the preceding week, versus only 52 percent of the least optimistic respondents. That’s an astounding difference of 39 percentage points.
We all know that it can be a challenge to look at the glass as half full as we age. Natural temperament, health issues, economic pressures, and a thousand other things can conspire to make us feel less than optimistic.
Here are a few things you might try to improve your outlook on life:
- Get active and stay active! Physical and mental activities are vital components of a happy life.
- Be sure to visit your physician and dentist on a regular basis. Many health issues, if caught early, can be treated with favorable results.
- Be socially engaged. You should never stop meeting new people and making new friends. Having a wide circle of relatives and friends can be an important motivation to stay healthy.
- Get involved in a cause or crusade. Having a reason to get out of bed each morning can play a big role in the aging process.
- Take responsibility for your life. If your life isn’t what you want it to be it’s up to you to do something about it. Develop a mindset of determination to take control and make whatever changes are necessary to live your best life.
- Be thankful! Regardless of what might be going on in your life, be thankful! If you’re having a really bad day and are scratching your head for something to be grateful for, just remember that we live in the best country in the world! Could things be better? Sure. But things could also be so much worse.