[BYWG BLOG] Guess What? “Stay Positive” is actually pretty good advice…

Sure, it may be easier said than done, but research shows that positive emotions are really good for the body.

 

A positive outlook not only aides in healthy behavior changes, but can reduce inflammation in the body, and lower the risk diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even overall risk of death.

 

Some positive emotions include:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Interested
  • Determined
  • Excited
  • Inspired
  • Active
  • Strong
  • Proud
  • Attentive
  • Relaxed
  • Cheerful
  • Calm
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Motivation
  • Gratitude

 

So, here is the big question…

 

How do we “stay positive”, especially during challenging times? 

 

For one, we understand that we are not going to be happy ALL THE TIME.

 

That is actually impossible.

 

Life is always going to have positive and negatives, happy and sad, good and bad.

 

We can allow ourselves to feel the negative emotions without reacting to them or covering them up. Allow them to be there.

 

Your brain may want to eat sugar, but allow yourself to feel that urge and resist it.

 

If you push your feelings down and suppress, they will most definitely surface again. 

 

Next, create the positive emotions you want to feel!

 

You know that you are going to go out into the day and experience some kind of negative emotion. That’s ok – that’s life.

 

Understand that you are the person who generates your emotions by what you think. 

 

And you can generate the emotion that you most want to generate to create the result you want.

 

You may want to generate motivation, discipline, love, excitement, cheerfulness, relaxed,  etc.

 

You have the power to create the emotions you want.