The idea of happiness may be unique to each of us. People define happiness many different ways, because happiness is not a physical or static thing. Is happiness something you can put your finger on? Happiness is more of an attitude than something that can be wrapped and adorned with a bow. Happiness is more like the wind—we can’t see the wind, but we can see where it is or where it has been.
When I put my thoughts into writing, rarely do I quote long passages from what others have to say. This blog post is an exception, because I recently read something that supports my thoughts about positive attitude. If you’ve read much that I write, you know I don’t praise the words regret or negative.
The following is from "7 Reasons to Dwell on the Positive" in the magazine Woman’s Day, December 2015/January 2016:
“Research shows that gratitude and happiness are strongly connected. Happy people enjoy these perks:
1] You’re likely to feel more optimistic. Noticing and analyzing what goes well in life may help you build the skill of remembering good events over bad, which is linked to feeling happier.
2] You could live longer. Happier people with positive outlooks that are enhanced by feeling gratitude tend to have longer lives.
3] You may feel less physical pain. Stress amplifies pain, and thinking positive thoughts, such as what is working in your life or how things are starting to get better and better, helps you cope with stress.
4] Your relationships may feel more meaningful. Thinking about the people who are blessings to you makes those connections feel more satisfying.
5] You’ll possibly catch fewer colds. Research shows that people who count their blessings report that they have fewer sniffles and sneezes.
6] You may even exercise more. Positive emotions have been shown to boost energy. Highlighting the good things in your life may also remind you of the many reasons to stay healthy.”
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