We’ve all made them. Those impracticable New Years Resolutions that never make it through the first week of January. Let me guess. You promised to eat healthier and to stay fit? Or was this the year of saving more and spending less?
These sound all too familiar as these are the most commonly broken New Years resolutions from 2015 and 2016 , yet somehow have made it to the top of our lists for 2017. When we say “new year, new me” do we really just mean we want a “do-over” of the previous year? Or do we actually intend to set new goals?
Well here’s one I think regardless of any failed attempts at a better year we should all aim to stick to:
Thinking more positive.
Believe it or not, there are actually health benefits of ditching the ‘tude’ and becoming a more positive person. According to the Mayo Clinic, benefits of thinking positive include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
I recently purchased a plaque that says “One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”. And although I haven’t made it one week on my proposed whole 30 diet, and spent way too much money last weekend revamping my home, I have made it my business to wake up on “the right side of the bed” each morning. I am working to change my positive thoughts into positive words and my positive words into positive actions.
Now it won’t be easy to rub all these positive vibes, energies and juices off on other people. But don’t fret. Some people just need to find the positivity fairy on their own. Leave these people in 2016 if need be. They’ll eventually come around.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln