The holiday offers time for reflection on how truly blessed we are.
I’ve always loved this family-focused holiday for the positive feelings it promotes.
A nice bonus is the added health benefit of our positive thinking. (And here you thought that headline had to do with health insurance).
With all the health benefits of positive thinking, maybe we should add Thanksgiving as a daily holiday.
Mayo Clinic shared an article, listing the potential health benefits from positive thinking, including the following.
- Increased life span
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better coping skills
Researchers are not exactly sure why we reap health benefits from positive thinking. They just know we do.
- Problem-solving – A study by Barbara Frederickson, a University of North Carolina researcher, reveals positive people broaden their perspective and discover solutions, rather than focusing on problems.
- Immune system – Studies show a direct link between stress and our immune systems. Have you noticed how that cold hits you during stressful times? Positive thinking helps patients with heart disease.
- Coping with stress – Several studies indicate a positive attitude helps people cope better when facing stressful situations.
Pollyanna, a children’s book classic, is about a young girl who put a positive spin on almost any life experience.
Pollyanna’s father taught her the “glad game” to help Pollyanna find something good in every situation.
- Are we naturally wired for optimism?
- Or can we learn to be?
For those of you who need science to prove a point, more than one study shows the benefit of a simple smile.
Who doesn’t smile back at a laughing baby?
As a self-professed Pollyanna, I believe in the power of positive thinking.
I am thankful to you, my readers. You make me smile.
- Discover the positive each day
- Here’s to your good health
- Thank you
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Notice of Disclaimer –Cathy Miller is not an attorney or health care provider and cannot provide legal or health care advice. The information provided is for your general background only, and is not intended to constitute legal or health care advice as to your specific circumstances. We recommend you review legislation with legal counsel and visit your physician for health care issues.