Because there are so many proven benefits of optimism for health and wellness (including increased immunity), developing your potential for optimism can make a significant difference in your life according to Elizabeth Scott, M. S. editor for “About Healthy Monday.”
“While we can’t always control the circumstances we face, we can reduce (and sometimes
eliminate) the stress that these situations would otherwise cause, by changing our perceptions,” says Scott.
Focusing on what you’re thankful for can help you to stay more in touch with what’s going well in your life, which can help you maintain a more optimistic outlook. Also, gratitude can be a habit, and getting into the habit of counting your blessings can make optimism more automatic.
For sure, I’m grateful that I don’t live in Japan where there is no heat, water or food in a region devastated by an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown and freezing temperature. We don’t know how lucky we are here in America. The best we can do right now is say a prayer for those folks and express gratitude that the New Madras fault seems to be holding its own.