Do people with a positive outlook live longer? Research suggests that they do. People with a positive attitude about their lives live an average of 7.5 years longer than people who are neutral or negative thinkers. A study at the Mayo clinic revealed that having an optimistic outlook improves your immunity too. Even if you are prone to more pessimistic thinking, you can learn to think more positively. Here are some tips:
Become Aware of Your Thoughts
It’s important to recognize when you are having negative thoughts to take the first steps toward thinking in a more positive way. Stop from time to time to reflect upon your thoughts. As you become more aware of your thoughts, you can try to catch yourself having a negative thought pattern and focus on something more positive.
Create a Habit of Gratitude
Focusing on what you are grateful for, rather than what might be missing in your life, can really change your perspective. You can create a habit of gratitude by writing down what you are thankful for. Keep a pad by the bed to jot something down first thing in the morning or just before bed. These can be things you can focus on when you are facing other challenges throughout your daily routine.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
This has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I needed to move away from negative people that were dragging me down. Emotions can be contagious. If you surround yourself with pessimists, you are more likely to think that way too. Seek out the people who make you happy. They are the relationships you want to protect and cherish.
Did you know that even faking a smile helps you feel a bit happier? When you are feeling unhappy or frustrated, try smiling. If you need a little help, find a funny video on YouTube (giggling babies always work for me). Smiling and laughter release good hormones in your body that make you feel happier and more optimistic.
Changing your attitude takes time and commitment. However, it can have a dramatic impact on your life. You’ll not only live longer, you’ll enjoy a happier life too! Give it a try.