Tip #6 - Accentuate the Positive
We're hard-wired to scan our environment for danger. Unfortunately, for some, our experiences have us performing this operation far too often.
In one study, optimistic subjects had increased cell-mediated immunity, whereas a drop in optimism showed a decrease in immunity. Other studies show that an optimistic attitude about aging can help people live longer and optimistic cardiac patients are less likely to be readmitted to hospital.
One way to flip your perspective is by practicing gratitude on a regular basis. Another is to do stress techniques, which help to lighten the load and carry you into a better frame of mind.