Wellness – The Power of a Positive Attitude

Wellness - Sara SuckowBy:  Sara Suckow, KI-Manitowoc & Chairperson of The Chamber’s Wellness Council

There is plenty of conversation regarding physical health.  Walk that body!  Lift those weights for better toning!  Exercise is truly a key ingredient to the lifelong recipe of good health.

But there is another piece we often forget about.  The power of a positive attitude!

Can good thoughts lead to good health?  How many times have you heard a co-worker, spouse or a significant other say, “Think positive” when you are feeling depressed, angry or even negative?  Yes, it is really not what you WANT to hear.  But, a positive attitude could be the best thing for your emotional and physical health.

Positive attitude, positive thinking, and optimism are now known to be a root cause of many positive life benefits.  Studies show positive people can experience an increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower level of stress and better coping skills during times of hardship and stress.

Here are some steps to create a more positive attitude:

  1. Let go of the assumption that the world is against you.  Change your perspective.
  2. Understand the past does not equal the future.
  3. See yourself as the cause, not the effect.  Stop thinking about what is happening to you and start thinking about what you can make happen.
  4. Use positive affirmations.   Write them down and place them in a spot where you can see them.  One example, “I choose to live the positive side of life”.
  5. Remember, life is short.  Pessimism wastes that precious time.  It can cause you to spend time dwelling on things that haven’t happened yet or aren’t guaranteed to happen.

All this talk about positive attitudes leads us to one exercise that will help you and those around you have a better week.  It is called compliments. Compliments are little gifts of love.  They are not asked for or demanded. They tell a person they are worthy of notice.  If given right, they create so much positive energy.  Focusing on and noticing the good qualities in the world around us give our moods a boost all by itself.