By Lindsay Sibson
As the saying goes… WHAT you think about is what you bring about.
Therefore, if you think “life is not fair, this is just my luck,” then you will bring about circumstances that validate these negative thoughts.
On the other hand, if you think “I’m so lucky, life’s an adventure,” then THAT is exactly what you will bring about.
Positive and happy thoughts are so much more than just being in a good mood and influencing your emotional health. Your thoughts also have an impact on your physical body!
Positive Thoughts Reduce Stress
Your brain is the master and commander of your body, which means that your thoughts and attitudes are able to prompt changes in your body. When your thoughts are positive (happy and optimistic), they have the power to:
- Decrease pain and chronic disease
- Strengthen your immune system
- Provide stress relief
- Lower your risk of heart disease
Furthermore, it has been scientifically shown that happiness has the potential to alter your genes.
A UCLA team of researchers found that people who have a deep sense of well-being and happiness had:
- Lower levels of inflammatory gene expression
- Stronger antiviral and antibody responses
How To Foster Positive Thoughts And Happiness
One of the most important factors that produces consistent positive thoughts and a sense of happiness is… SELF-ACCEPTANCE.
In a survey, 5,000 people were asked to rank themselves between 1 and 10 on habits that are scientifically linked to happiness. This survey, conducted by Action for Happiness charity, found that acceptance was the stronger predictor for maintaining a state of happiness for the long run.
Live A GREAT DREAM
Do you want to live a happier and more positive life? Here are the “10 Keys to Happier Living” that resulted from the survey. These habits, when practiced together, spell out the acronym GREAT DREAM. Here is how YOU can start living yours:
|G||Giving||Do things for others|
|R||Relating||Connect with people|
|E||Exercising||Take care of your body|
|A||Appreciating||Notice the world around you|
|T||Trying Out||Keep learning new things|
|D||Direction||Have goals to look forward too|
|R||Resilience||Find ways to bounce back|
|E||Emotion||Take a positive approach|
|A||Acceptance||Be comfortable with who you are|
|M||Meaning||Be part of something bigger|
What does it mean to you to live a GREAT DREAM? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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