Next week is Act Happy Week, and happiness can affect your health more than you realize.
Believe it or not, the effects of positive thinking can actually improve your health and happiness.
Positive thinking lowers depression and distress and is tied to handling stress well.
Positive thinking is also tied to longer life spans, greater resistance to the common cold, and better heart health.
Positive and optimistic thinkers also tend to live healthier lifestyles, with more physical activity and a healthier diet.
Practice makes perfect. Try putting things in positive terms. “I’ve never done it before” becomes “I can learn something new.”
Humor can help. Give yourself permission to laugh, especially at difficult times, which can help lower your stress.