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How to Become More Resilient and Resourceful

By Sandy Schroeder

Some days you may feel like you need a tougher skin to bounce back from the world’s challenges. When kids’ issues, family finances, and work deadlines collide, life gets complicated, but researchers say there are solutions.

New research from Harvard Health suggests our positive emotions can help us survive the daily run of disasters and provide an extra layer of strength for serious loss.

On the other hand, negative emotions, such as hostility and constant anger, link to poor health and often lead to high blood pressure, and blood vessel damage.

How to Make Positives Happen

A few simple steps can help us generate positive feelings.

Count your blessings – All of us have things to be thankful for. Look around at your family, friends, and home. Think about your abilities and your work. Set aside a time in the evening or early morning to list the things that you are grateful for. If you keep a journal, you might find an amazing list of blessings emerging.

Really taste life’s moments – Sharing good food with friends, shooting hoops with your kids, or savoring a summer evening on the patio makes an ordinary day special. Skip the multi-tasking, turn off your phone, and just enjoy the free time that you have. The more pleasure we find in our daily routines, the stronger and more confident we may become.

Find ways to help others – There are many global and local causes that need help in today's world. Look for opportunities in your community’s schools, hospitals, and libraries. Animal shelters and marine life centers usually welcome supplies and donations. Or simply bake cookies with your kids and visit a  housebound senior in your neighborhood.

Call out your strengths and skills – You may be loyal, kind, dependable, courageous, or sensitive. Think about your interactions with others and you will see what your strengths are. You may also have a gift for cooking, sewing, science, music, art, numbers, or words. Figure out what you do best and make sure you are using those gifts at home and at work.

See what you think of these ways to connect with the world. Counting blessings, reaching out to others, lending strength, and tasting every moment could be the possibilities we all need to enjoy our lives more.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Saint Peters, Mo.

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