My grandfather always believed that having a positive outlook on life was critical for good health. Not surprisingly, the scientific literature agrees. Below I have listed some tools and steps to help you accomplish this. The full list can be found in my preventive medicine manual entitled, Live a Long and Healthy Life, which is available for purchase in the front office of my practice.
1.) Practice deep breathing techniques each morning.
2.) Develop a strong sense of self. Once we become adults, we are responsible for our own nurturing. Value yourself and be responsible for nurturing your own inner child.
3.) Be of service. Find ways to help others in our society and follow through on your plan. It is truly better to give than to receive and helping others makes us feel better.
4.) Love your children for who they are and not for what they have achieved. Help them find their true passion.
5.) Like people. Get out of the competitive mode. Have a desire for others to be successful and happy. Give people compliments that are sincere.
6.) Don’t speak negatively of others. As my grandfather used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
7.) Get involved in some type of group or activity that you enjoy. We were designed to live in a community; not in isolation.
8.) Consider taking a news holiday for one week every three months.
9.) Write down a list of things that you are truly grateful for and repeat this process once a week. This can literally help rewire your brain from being a negative thinker to a positive one.
10.) Most importantly, believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone belittle you and don’t berate yourself.