when it comes to fitness, we get so focused on those six-pack
abs that we forget to work on our outlook toward life. Yet the
recipe for long-standing good health may be lots more fun than
you thought. Basic ingredients include laughter, optimism, and
a sense of humor. Combined, these elements can create a healthier
body and a better disposition.
show that if you tend to look on the bright side of things and
keep your focus there rather than on the negative aspects, youll
reap the benefits of a higher self-esteem, a healthier immune
system and even improved financial prosperity. The key is focusing
on the opportunities a situation provides, not the problems or
the drawbacks. Even if you feel as if you were born a pessimist,
you can learn to become an optimist.
ability to laugh at life provides a feeling of power over our
problems. Laughter and humor can transform a troubling situation
to one that feels lighter and more emotionally manageable.
the expression, "laughter is good medicine" isnt
just an old adage. When was the last time you really cracked up
and enjoyed a great big laugh?
kind of "belly laugh" that comes from deep inside you
has the physical impact of decreasing stress hormones in your
blood and increasing the production of endorphins (the "feel
good" influence on the brain.) Think back to how relaxed
youve felt after really letting yourself go in uncontrollable
laughter? By releasing tension and pent up emotions in this way,
your immune system and energy levels get a boost.
are some pointers to help you stretch your positive thinking to
expand your health.
yourself if the problem you are obsessing about will be important
to you tomorrow, in a month, or in a year.
this was your last day on earth, would you spend it worrying
about this problem or that situation?
this "thought stopping technique when negativity
pulls you off your center
replace the negative thought with a happy or funny thought.
It might be as simple as visualizing that ex-boyfriend or difficult
employer in a ridiculous situation that makes you laugh.
in leisure activities that completely transport you from the
heavier thoughts of the world reading, horseback riding,
kyaking, or even a brisk walk with your dog can divert negativity.
up your environment by surrounding yourself with positive people,
going to fun events and participating in uplifting activities.
out loud with a friend, manufacturing the biggest laugh you
can at first, then losing yourself in the real laughter that
naturally bubbles up.
to come up with different kinds of laughs when youre in
a group each person thinks of a different kind of laughter,
like insincere laughing, sinister laughing, timid laughing,
etc. This is a great one for instantly dissolving a group into
can practice being happy in any given situation. The benefits
and rewards may surprise you. At any rate, its a cheap experiment.