Are there benefits to positive thinking?

I’m not one to make light of the fact that for some seniors aging is a difficult challenge. Loss of the ability to function the way we could when we were younger; loss of friends and companions; sickness.  All of these things add to enormous stress, and sometimes despondent feelings.  But what if thinking positively could help us out?  Should we at least try to find a way to cultivate this habit?

An article in the New York Times suggest that our thoughts can do “far more than raise one’s spirits”.  How about if thinking positively could boost your immune system, alleviate depression, lower your blood pressure, give you better weight control.  Would you try it?

Here are some techniques the article suggest we learn to cultivate positive emotions:

  • Recognize a positive event each day.
  • Set an attainable goal and note your progress.
  • Recognize and practice small acts of kindness daily.
  • Practice mindfulness, focusing on the here and now and not the past or the future.

I bet you have heard these suggestions before.  I think these are certainly worth a try, don’t you?

Source: A Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Health, Jane E. Brody, nytimes.com

 

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