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Believe it or not, you choose how you feel every moment! What do you want to feel?

Our attitude is determined by how we decide to think about events.

 

Choose Your Attitude

Although we don't yet fully understand the mind/body connection, we do know that a positive attitude can:

  • Help improve mood, self-esteem and sense of well-being
  • Decrease depression, anxiety and hostility
  • Lessen pain and other bodily symptoms
  • Speed recovery 
  • Enhance immune function
  • Extend longevity

 

We also know that to a great extent, our attitude is determined by how we decide to think about events. This "self-talk," whether positive or negative, is so powerful that it determines not just our emotions, but the condition of our physical and mental well-being as well.

Three simple action steps to help optimize your emotional health: 

Acknowledge that you're in control. The great thing about your attitude is that it's yours. You cannot control what others say or do, but you can control how you react to it. Simply put, no one can put you in a bad mood unless you give them permission!

Be thankful. Put things in perspective. You are alive, something that billions of those before us cannot say. You have food, shelter and safety. Something that millions alive today do not enjoy. Appreciate your countless blessings!  

Don't worry about the small stuff. Remember what's important, and ignore the little things. Focus on the larger picture and you'll find less frustration in your daily interactions with others. The things that matter most are your health and happiness and your family's health and happiness.

Dr. Steven L. Levy is a chiropractor in Woodbury.

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Jaimie Cura September 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Thanks, Dr. Levy. I left this message on the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch Facebook page (www.facebook.com/woodmiddpatch) but this blog reminds me of a quote I read: "Your day will go the way of the corners of your mouth do."
Kimberley Shelton September 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
It takes too much work to be crabby and nasty... and I'm lazy! So, happy it is! :)
Jaimie Cura September 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Some would argue it's the other way around - takes too much work to be happy! ;)
Kimberley Shelton September 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It is true, though... your health and well-being depends a lot on your attitude. There are times when I get so angry that i could spit, but I try not to stay that way for long... causes upset stomach, headaches, etc. Life itself isn't such a burden when you have a positive attitude... or at least try to find humor in every situation.

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