A Positive Mental Attitude = A Healthier You!_Featured_, Prevention Thursday, October 4th, 2012
(Natural Society) For some of us, recent research from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research will be no surprise. Researchers there have found that people who have a generally positive mental attitude and outlook on life are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re happy, you’re healthy, say their findings.
The Power of a Positive Mental Attitude
The research was published in the Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series (pdf) and examined the outlooks and lifestyles of more than 7,000 people in Australia.
Men and women who remain positive about life are more likely to eat better, exercise regularly, and take better care of themselves overall. People who feel like life is a matter of fate or luck are less likely to live healthy, and are more likely to smoke and drink.
The bottom line: when you feel in control, you take control.
People who exhibit a positive mental attitude about life are often those who take an action-oriented approach to everything. They might run into the same obstacles as someone with a more negative outlook, but they choose to respond, not react, differently.
People who always feel like things happen to them and that these occurrences determine the course of their life are less likely to take control because they are less likely to feel in control.