The Christmas season can bring out the Bah-Humbug in some people. But for others, it’s a year-round attitude. Unfortunately, there’s a price to that pessimism.
Research shows a direct link between how and what we think—and how it affects our bodies. People who live longer, healthier lives tend to handle stress well, have a positive attitude, and handle problems with resiliency. Besides this, they hold onto hope.
Hope is powerful. It affects our outlook, which impacts our emotional and physical health. As a physician, I’ve seen hopelessness lead to an agonizing list of ailments.
But I’ve also seen countless patients find a new outlook on life, learn to control negative thoughts, and lean on their faith and faith community. And I’ve joyfully watched their relationships bloom and their mind, body and spirit flourish.
If you have this hope, be grateful. And, if not, consider talking to a trusted pastor professional. It’s the perfect season for the birth of hope!
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Optimism cuts your risk for heart attack
- Optimism helps heart patients live longer, while pessimism harms
- Why is optimism is associated with health, pessimism with disease?
- Women who want to live longer need to become more optimistic
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