Want to Live a Long Life? Get a Positive Attitude!

You’ve probably heard over and over again that living a long life is caused by a good bunch of genetics. You might even figure that you probably don’t have the “proper genes” to live to be 100 years old or more.

Well, guess what? That whole way of thinking is starting to be sharply questioned and turned on its head!

Recent studies have shown that besides genetics a great deal of what keeps people alive for 100 years or more comes down to certain personality traits that they possess.

You read it right – PERSONALITY TRAITS!

Research is showing more and more that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor could play a pretty big role in helping you live a longer and healthier life.

Groups of centenarians who had participated in the studies have displayed other key traits besides learning to laugh and have a positive attitude. They were optimistic, easygoing, and extroverted, laugh more often than not, and express their emotions instead of bottling them up and letting them fester.

In addition, the participants were also more conscientious and less neurotic than many other Americans. But what does that even mean? Well, neurotic people tend to experience negative emotions more often than not, meaning that they respond emotionally (that is, negatively) to events that wouldn’t affect others. For example, stress and frustration to one who is more on the neurotic side would mean that minor setbacks such as the car being low on gas before going to work (and forgetting to fill up the day before), forgetting your lunch, or the dog having an accident in the house would appear to be hopelessly difficult obstacles. They may find themselves in a bad mood more often in not because they sweat the small stuff. Think of them as Drama Queens (or Drama Kings).

So what do you need to do to help yourself live a long, healthy, and happy life (well, besides eat well and exercise frequently)? It’s in the evidence – you need to get a positive attitude, pronto!

If you happen to be a bit on the negative or neurotic side, then don’t fret – you can get a positive attitude right now! It may be easier said than done, but you’ll find that practicing positive thinking and having a positive attitude will make you experience a happier life. Try to keep light of things and find humor in everything, be kind, conscientious, and work hard, too. This, along with eating well and getting exercise, will help ensure that you live a happy, healthy, long life.

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Will You Have a Good Day or a Bad Day? YOU Decide!

Daylight Saving Time just began on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. this year, and we as a nation (with only the exception of Arizona and Hawaii) had to “spring forward” and turn our clocks up an hour earlier.

To some people, this means that there will be more daylight in the evening for them to enjoy doing all of the things they love. For others, though, Daylight Saving Time’s beginning simply means losing an hour of precious sleep.

If you’re anything like me, I never want to get up in the morning (especially after losing an hour of sleep!). Who actually WANTS to leave a soft, cozy haven of blankets, pillows, and warmth? Not anyone I know!

In fact, the very THOUGHT of leaving your bed can sometimes set you off in a bad mood instantly!

Think about it – what is THE FIRST THING you think of whenever you wake up in the morning? Do you think, “It’s a beautiful day today, and I’m going to make the most of it,” or do you think, “Ugh, I don’t wanna get up and go to work. I hate today already,” when you wake up? If you think the latter, then you are deciding that your day is going to be rotten no matter what right then and there.

That’s right. Every single morning of your life, you have a very important choice to make: whether today will be a good day or a bad day. Your attitude and thoughts will dictate what sort of day you will experience. And yes, it CAN be a difficult choice to make (especially if you’re running late for work or forgot your wallet at home halfway to your destination), but it still IS a choice that you must make.

So why would you ever make the choice to have your day be a bad one? Bad days are horrible, and we generally do whatever we can to avoid them. Here are a few things that you can do to help yourself choose to make a better day.

Wake Up To Good Music You know what one of the worst parts of waking up is? The alarm clock. Who wants to be awakened from a nice dream by the incessant “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” of the alarm clock? Not you (and probably not your alarm clock, too, if you tend to throw it)! Instead, wake up to your favorite song or to sounds that make you happy. This will help you to wake up in a better, more positive mood.

Appreciate Something Beautiful Take a moment in your morning to look out your windows and watch the sunrise. Look at the pictures or works of art in your home that you love when you eat your breakfast. Listen to beautiful music when you get ready for work. Beauty stirs the soul and helps us to become in a better frame of mind.

Let Go of The Past Bad things will happen sometimes in our lives. Maybe you got in an argument with your spouse the night before. Perhaps you’re not getting along well with your coworkers. Instead of stewing and mulling the negative situation over and over in your mind, do something simple to comfort yourself like eat some chocolate, drink some coffee, or take a nice, long shower. Then let it go, and move on. Your mind will thank you.

Go For a Walk This may seem nearly impossible for some of us to do first thing in the morning. But going for a walk either by yourself, with a loved one or friend, or with your beloved furry friend will benefit you in many ways. Your body will become more toned over time, you will feel the rush of endorphins (which help make you happy!), and your mood will be improved overall. You will also have the energy you need to tackle what you need to do in your day.

Talk to Someone About Your Problems If there’s something going on in your life that’s bothering you, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call a close friend to talk about it. You’ll feel much better after getting it off your chest. Grab your spouse and give him or her a hug. Ask for support from those around you. And don’t forget your furry friends! Even simply petting a dog or cat can lower one’s blood pressure and improve a sour or downtrodden mood.

Remember – every day has the potential to be a good day or a bad day. It’s all about your attitude and what you choose your day to be. So don’t choose to have a bad day. Make the conscious choice to have a good day first thing in the morning! You’ll be surprised how your life can improve with a positive attitude in your arsenal!

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Underwear, Change Your World

Ohhh, bad attitudes, how I loathe them. That’s not to say that I haven’t ever HAD any bad attitudes; after all, we’re only human. But still, I hate bad attitudes!

The amazing thing about attitudes is that you can always change them. It’s as simple as changing your underwear, and like changing your underwear, you have to take it upon yourself to actually change your attitude. No one’s going to change your attitude for you (or your underwear for that matter!)!

So how do you go about changing your attitude, especially if you’re one of those… (*shudders!*) …negative people?

First and foremost, decide your attitude before you get out of bed in the morning. I will readily admit that I am NOT a morning person! When that alarm goes off at 6 a.m., I can assure you that it’s not a pretty sight to behold. In fact, one morning I couldn’t get the alarm to shut off, so I gave it a solid whack. The alarm stopped, never to ring again. Now, if I reacted differently and decided to have a positive attitude, I might still have an alarm. Luckily now, though, I wake up to music, so perhaps it was a good thing I whacked that alarm after all!

And did you know? Your attitude can change anytime you let it!

Have you ever spilled your drink in your car on the way to work in the morning and said, “Well, it’s gonna be one of those days”? Believe it or not, if you say it, then it shall be. How do you react when you get behind someone who is taking his good ol’ sweet time on the road and you’re running behind? You get mad, your blood pressure rises, and you arrive at work (presumably late) and tell everyone about your bad experience behind the wheel (By the way, my mom says that you should’ve left the house earlier!).

Instead of getting angry about something you can’t control and, therefore, acquiring a foul attitude for the rest of the day, why not do what I do? Turn up the radio. Instead of sitting there and letting your blood boil, turn up your favorite tunes and sing along! Personally, I love to turn up Barry Manilow and belt out “Copacabana” when I’m having a difficult drive in the morning, and let me tell you, it does WONDERS for my mood!

Besides music, there are so many other things that can immediately change your attitude. Think about your children, your grandchildren, your loved ones and your pets. I have a picture of my husband on my desk, and on GOOD husband days, that picture remains standing up. On BAD husband days, I simply turn the picture face down on my desk. It’s a little kooky, and I take good-hearted teasing about my mood barometer, but it works.

Think about your last fun vacation. Pray and meditate. Go for a short walk. Do whatever it takes to refocus and readjust your attitude. We all have bad days and bad moments. That’s only human. Just recognize them for what they are and be prepared for them – and the more prepared you are, the better.

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