November 2017

Change Your Thinking for a Better You! How you think, your choice of focusing on the positive or the negative, actually affects the way your body and your brain works. The more you focus on positive things, the more likely you are to enjoy a sense of well-being, and positive thinking brings positive responses in your body that boost your mood and diminish stress. According to recent studies on its effect on our bodies, positive thinking boosts immunity, improves heart health, fights stress, increases resilience, helps us tolerate pain, prevents hypertension, and even extends lifespan. One well-know study, The Nun Study, looked at the impact of positive emotions and attitude on longevity and well-being and showed that there is a direct relationship between being positive and longevity. Another study focused on  individuals who have lived to 100 years-of-age or more, looking for reasons they enjoy such a long lifespan. Lynn Peters-Adler, a contributor to Forbes writes: “Almost all of the centenarians we spoke to believe a positive yet realistic attitude is critical throughout one’s life and described themselves as optimistic people.” Even more exciting, scientists have shown that positive thinking actually protects us! Alex Dranovsky and E. David Leonardo neuroscientists who are studying how positivity impacts the brain, state, “Stimulating...