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Using the Power of Positivity to Improve Your Well-Being

April 22, 2022

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While you can’t control certain circumstances or the actions of others, you can control how you react to specific situations and your attitude. Your mindset has more power than you may realize, and our thoughts and subconscious impact how we feel, what we do, and how we react to the things around us. 

Because of this, maintaining a positive attitude is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being. Franciscan Ministries is sharing the power of positivity and how you can create more positive energy in your life!

What is Positive Thinking?

When people hear the phrase “positive thinking,” many assume it means sugar-coating situations and thinking that everything is made of sunshine and rainbows. But, of course, this is not the case.

Positive thinking is not about thinking everything is magically going to be perfect at all times. Instead, it is about bringing a positive attitude to every scenario, regardless of what it is. There will be days or situations of inconvenience. But, instead of dwelling on the negatives, someone with a positive attitude accepts whatever is happening and tries to make the most out of the situation.

Positivity and Your Well-Being

We often overlook the impact our thoughts can have on our well-being, allowing stress and negative thinking to dictate how we feel and react. Instead, discover how positive thinking can improve your overall well-being!

Reduce Your Stress Levels

While healthy in small doses, stress can lead to additional health challenges or make other chronic health conditions worse. However, with the power of positivity, you work to reduce your chronic stress levels. 

When you think positively to make the most out of a bad situation, you are less likely to dwell on the problem and worry. Instead, you focus on a solution. As a result, this can decrease your anxiety and stress.

Life is full of challenges. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you handle these challenges more effectively. When you look for the positives in a situation and make the best out of an inconvenient circumstance, it will be easier to address what needs to be done to get past it.

Strengthen Your Immune System

Recent studies have shown a strong connection between maintaining a positive attitude and immunity. These studies show that when an individual held an optimistic mindset, their immune system was stronger than those who had negative, pessimistic outlooks resulting in a drop in their immune system functioning.

Furthermore, when you experience chronic stress, it can wreak havoc on your immune system. However, as previously mentioned, the power of positivity can help you reduce your stress levels and make sure your immune system stays healthy.

Increase Longevity

Individuals who maintain a positive, optimistic outlook on life are more inclined to make healthier choices and lead healthier lifestyles. For instance, these individuals are more likely to eat healthier, exercise regularly and get good quality sleep. 

All aspects of our health are connected, so when we nourish our body with the nutrients it needs, exercise properly, and rest, we fuel our mind and body with exactly what it needs to function properly. As a result, we are healthier, feel better and may increase our longevity.

Creating Positive Energy in Your Life

Maintaining a positive attitude is a choice. Although it may be difficult under certain circumstances, our mindset and how we react are the only things we have complete control over. Some ways to help you create and maintain positive energy in your life include:

  • Consciously replacing negative thoughts with positive ones
  • Participating in yoga or meditation
  • Taking control of and responsibility for your life
  • Surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people
  • Starting and/or ending your day with gratitude

Throughout our Franciscan Ministries communities, we are dedicated to improving the lives of residents by offering the highest quality of care, personalized services, and opportunities for social interaction and connection. The seven dimensions of wellness inspire our resident experience to ensure individuals in our communities lead active, engaging lifestyles full of positive experiences.

If you would like to learn more or explore our senior living communities, contact a member of the Franciscan Ministries team.