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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The 8 Life Lessons the Summer Olympics Can Teach Us


Millions of people around the globe wait for the time in which the Summer Olympics makes its appearance every four years, showcasing the best, strongest athletes from countless countries. These Olympic games are in the spotlight of the entire world for a few weeks, and while many people absolutely love watching the games, there are others who couldn’t care less or care more about watching their professional sports team’s season.

Whether you love or hate the Olympics, there are many life lessons that we can learn from the Olympic games. Check out my 8 favorite lessons below!

Training + Focus + Self-Discipline = Success! This is a formula that every serious athlete knows. They are dedicated individuals who put their distractions to the side, no matter how tempting they might be. We should do the same and focus our energy, time, and passion on the things that really matter to us – our friends, family, job, hobbies, and anything else that takes importance in our lives.

Defeat Isn’t Always a Bad Thing – Defeat doesn’t have to mean that we’re not cut out for accomplishing what we’ve set out to do. In fact, defeat can be a powerful tool for motivating us to succeed. So don’t be afraid to raise the bar to see how far you can go – if you fail, pick yourself back up, train some more, and try again!

Cooperation Is Vital to Success – There are some people who thrive in a teamwork setting, and there are others who prefer to “go it alone.” While there’s nothing wrong with either method, working together is truly essential to achieve your goals. Even those who participate in individual sports know that they must cooperate with their trainers, nutritionists, and everyone else who can help them be successful. Successful individuals and teams realize that it is vital to use everyone’s individual strengths to reach their goals!

You Have to Work For What You Really Want – You know the old adage, “Anything worth having is worth fighting for,” right? Well, those words weren’t said just because they sound pretty together in a sentence! The goals and dreams worth having in life are usually hard to achieve, and you must be willing to risk failure and face any of your fears and insecurities to reach those goals. Trust me – it will be so worth it once you get there. Just look at the sheer joy that lights up the athletes’ faces whenever they win the gold medal. If that isn’t proof, then I don’t know what is!

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – A little humility goes a long way in life, and this is also true when it comes to accomplishing your goals. Admitting that you don’t have all the answers doesn’t mean that you’re inferior! Sometimes you need to seek others’ assistance in order to really achieve your goals. So don’t let your pride get in your way – have a humble, flexible, and positive attitude, and you can go far!

You Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Please Everyone – This is sometimes very hard to accept (and takes YEARS to accept sometimes) for those who are kindhearted and want to make everyone happy. Unfortunately, sometimes you just need to face the harsh reality that no matter what you do, you will have people who are against you or what you are setting out to do. Conversely, you’re bound to have supporters cheering you on in your endeavors. Stop trying to please everyone – remember, it’s YOUR happiness that truly matters!

Losing Doesn’t Make You a Failure – While losing or failure can bring great disappointment to anyone, it shouldn’t mean that you yourself are a failure. Don’t let a loss or setback discourage you; learn from your mistakes and try again!

It’s ALL About the Attitude – There are always positive and negative aspects when it comes to pretty much everything in life. You must remember that YOU are the one who makes the choice on whether you’ll focus on the positive or the negative attributes. I for one hope you choose to adopt a positive attitude and hold your head up high when the going gets rough from time to time!

If you’re not a fan of the Olympics at all but like sports, you can easily draw these lessons from your favorite athletes and teams to give you inspiration in all of your endeavors. Just remember – it takes humility, hard work, and a positive attitude to achieve your goals!

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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!