The Weather Outside Is Sunny: Are You?
Hooray! Our summer days seem to be finally here in New England.
This article, adapted from the NIH, offers tips and lots of health reasons to make our mood match the weather. If you tend to look on the sunny side, a growing body of research suggests that your positive outlook can boost both your mental resilience and your physical health.
Tips for maintaining a positive mindset:
- Remember your good deeds. Give yourself credit for the good things you do for others each day.
- Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from what went wrong, but don’t dwell on it
- Spend more time with your friends. Surround yourself with positive, healthy people.
- Explore your beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life. Think about how to guide your life by the principles that are important to you.
- Develop healthy physical habits. Healthy eating, physical activity, and regular sleep can improve your physical and mental health.
Improved Mental State and Improved Physical Health: Which Happens First?
People who are emotionally well, experts say, have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster. This quality is called resilience. Another sign of emotional wellness is being able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times. Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life—and focusing on what’s important to you—also contributes to emotional wellness.
Read the entire NIH article here.
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