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Published on May 01, 2015

Be Positive, Be Well

May 1, 2015

cheerful woman and man in coffee shopLighten up and let go of negative thoughts that hold you back - your mind and body will thank you.

Having a good outlook on life opens doors, draws people in, and helps you not sweat the small stuff.

“Positive thinking is more than just a phrase used by mental health experts,” says Terri Schade, LCSW, therapist at KishHealth System. “Studies agree an upbeat attitude can have a lasting effect on wellbeing and personal satisfaction.”

The perks of looking on the bright side include bolstering your immune system and honing skills that help you cope if things go wrong, leading to living a longer, happier life.

Although the exact reason for these benefits is still being researched, it is clear that positivity helps reduce stress. Being in a better frame of mind may also make it easier to stay active and make good choices, such as eating healthful foods and not overindulging in alcohol.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Attitude

  • Notice small things every day that warm your heart and write them down.
  • Live in the 24 hours you are in! Avoid focusing on the past or the future as much as possible.
  • Be kind-hearted. It is rarely a mistake to error on the side of kindness.
  • Let go of being hard on yourself. Learn to be gentle with yourself.
  • Embrace laughter and seek out others who laugh often and easily.

Get the Ball Rolling

One happy thought leads to others like it. Emotionally charged thinking—whether pleasurable or destructive—builds like a snowball rolling down a hill, growing more intense as it gains momentum.

That’s how looking on the bright side works. You just have to get started.

“Positive thinking can be learned,” Schade says. “If you catch yourself being judgmental or sweating the small stuff, try to stop and think of the things you have to be thankful for. It takes discipline—just as exercise does—but anyone can do it.”

To make an appointment with a behavioral health specialist in Sycamore, call 815.748.8334, or in Sandwich call 815.786.3764.

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