6 Facets of Health for the New Year – Part 4: Positive Mental Attitude!

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PMA! You may have heard us talk about it around the office. “PMA” stands for Positive Mental Attitude! Changing your lifestyle and incorporating more healthy habits is vital to a long, healthy life. That is a given. But the healing process is also deeply linked to your emotional health. Are you a glass half full kind of person or a glass half empty? Do you always tend to see the worst in situations, or can you see the silver lining? Optimism plays a huge part in our health. From a brain chemistry standpoint, positive thoughts encourage healing, proper function, and normal hormone and endocrine cascades. Negative thoughts and attitudes trigger the opposite, lending to higher levels of inflammation, stress in the body, and ultimately a higher risk for disease processes.

So how do you increase your PMA?!

Affirmations are a great way to start your day on a positive note. An affirmation uses words such as “I am” and “I do” and “I love”, rather than “I should” or “I am going to” or “I hate”. An affirmation literally AFFIRMS the good things in your life. For example: “I love my job. I am an excellent ___ and I find value and reward in helping people___”. They can tie into what you are thankful for: “I love being a wife/husband, mom/dad. My family is wonderful. I am blessed to have them as a part of my life.” Or “I greet every new day with love and appreciation. I know I can handle anything that comes my way today because it is meant to help me grow, learn and adapt.” Or something as simple as “Today is a great day!” It can help you prepare for a big event: “My presentation today will be smooth and successful because I have prepared and have the confidence I need.” Or “Today, I will greet the people around me with love and understanding.” ANYTHING can go into an affirmation. It is a positive remark to yourself that lets your subconscious and your conscious mind know that today is a GOOD day. And isn’t that better than grumbling when your alarm goes off and cursing your way to the shower? 🙂

Focusing on the future, rather than the past, is a common attribute of positive people. Yes, you can worry and stress and place blame and hold grudges. But this is not how to shape a positive, vibrant pshyche. Visualize how you want your day to go, or better yet, your week, your month and your year! Where do you see yourself and your family in 10 years? Are you happy? Who do you want to BE? Get your mind on the future!

If a problem arises, look for a solution rather than focusing on the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, but problems are inherently negative. This is a way to “force” optimism and a forward-thinking brain. If something negative or bad happens, can you learn from it? Have you thought that the universe knows to give you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it? Sometimes this comes as something easy to accept, sometimes not. But be open to growing from a problem or situation. Turn it into a positive by making the most of it. Become better.

Respond vs. React. Do you respond emotionally with the first thing that pops into your head at every crisis or interaction? Or do you give your mind time to respond with a thought-out and more constructive response? The next time you catch yourself having a knee-jerk reaction to a person or situation, take a breath and remind yourself to RESPOND in a more positive way, rather than succumbing to your emotional reaction.

Dr. Brian had a fortune cookie a few weeks ago that said: “Life is a mirror – if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile at it, it returns the greeting”. It’s not exactly a fortune, but it’s a great proverb. If you see the world through a positive lens, the world is actually better. Do you look for the good in people? In a situation? In a challenge? Or do you hide from challenge, see the worst in people, forget that we are human and that we all make mistakes? No one is perfect, so don’t look for perfection in people. Instead, accept a person or situation where it is, and look for the good. If you smile at someone, chances are they’ll smile back. If you grumble and complain, negative things will seem to surround you. It’s the law of attraction: You get back what you put out!

Lastly, DECIDE to be positive. PMA is yours if you want it. Think positive thoughts and look for the good. It’s okay to have ups and downs, but an underlying positive tone will mean you are a positive and cheerful person most of the time. And don’t we all WANT to be happy and enjoy life? 🙂

Remember, emotional stress, lack of stress management skills, and long term negativity serve to deplete the body of the ability to sustain its normal physiologic and biologic functions. These negative forces can also have devastating effects on the immune system, making the body susceptible to injury and disease. Likewise, a positive mental attitude actually ENHANCES healing and health, by biochemically giving us a HEAD START from the moment we start our day. If you WANT to be healthier and you WANT to heal, you are better off than the person who doesn’t!


Happy New Year!


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