Bad stuff happens to everybody. It's inevitable. The way we handle setbacks and upsets and disappointments is a measure of our mental health. No one celebrates negative occurrences or situations, but marinating in the sadness or anger that they provoke is literally bad for body and mind.
The self-help movement has been saying this for years. In the early fifties, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale influenced millions to embrace the notion that you can change your life for the better by altering the way you think.
Peale was criticized for claiming the worry and stress cause illness because he wasn't a scientist. But science has proven him right.
Researches have concluded that negative emotions adversely affect well-being. We all know people who always walk on the rainy side of the street, are chronic complainers and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Their glass is not only half-empty, it's leaking too.
Allowing negative reactions and emotions to dominate their thought life puts these folks are at greater risk for disease. And not just a nervous stomach or headache, but long term maladies such as arthritis and cardiac trouble.
The good news is that we all have the choice to change this. We can cultivate a rosier outlook by consciously changing the way we handle situations. Practicing positivity alters not only your emotions in the moment, it also can improve your health, mentally and physically.
Learning new behaviors will reap benefits. Make the effort to weave into your life generosity and kindness, gratitude, curiosity, self-acceptance, and build nurturing relationships. Trading the negative for the positive is possible. Let go of unnecessary worry and increase your happiness.
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