I find it fascinating that our health is affected by so many factors, including: diet, activity, genetics, environment, sleep, and attitude. Being a dietitian, I am a little biased toward the relationship between diet and health but over the past few years have also developed an interest for the relationship between attitude and health.
A few months back an article about attitude and health caught my attention. I saved the article on my computer and totally forgot about it until I randomly came across the saved file today. The information is still relevant and better late than never. The article is about a study in the Journal Circulation, showing that a positive outlook on life is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and mortality. Could it be that positive thinking will make you happier, and healthier?
As with most questions in science, the answer is still unclear. However, “there is good evidence to suggest optimism is protective and that pessimism seems to be detrimental, when it comes to the development of disease and future outcomes,” says Laura Kubzansky, an associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health.
Regardless if positive thinking will create good health in the future or not, one thing is for sure, positive thinking will create good feelings for right now. If you think good thoughts you will feel good, if you think bad thoughts you will feel bad. So start thinking good thoughts now, start feeling good now, and most likely have better health in the future.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” – Hippocrates