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3 Rules for a Positive Existence

I generally tend to think of myself as a glass-half-full kind of person; I enjoy and appreciate my life for the most part and I try to see the good in the people around me. Now, that's not to say that I don't have days where I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, so to speak. I definitely experience my share of gloominess. But research has shown over and over again, that an overall positive attitude has a plethora of health benefits, such as improved immunity and cardiovascular health. If you find yourself struggling to see the bright side of things, here are a few tips for being a happier and healthier person: 

Show appreciation where it's due... 

...To yourself! Let's just get it out there- nobody is perfect. In fact, we're all a far cry from it. Unfortunately, during this age of social media, the opportunities to compare ourselves to one another are pretty much endless. But it's time to start loving yourself, not in spite of your flaws, but because of them. Your little imperfections (a big nose, freckles, scars, etc.) ultimately help to make you who you are, so try to start loving them, too.

Try to see the positive aspects of hard situations 

It's not easy, but taking the time to reflect upon a difficult situation and to find the upside to it can potentially help you to view it in a different and more positive light. If you feel as though you failed at something (a project at work, a relationship, etc.), give yourself the opportunity to recognize where you went wrong and what you could have done differently. This will allow for positive personal growth both in the short and the long term.

Be forgiving

While sometimes it feels as though anger is the only way to make another person realize that they've done something wrong, it ultimately negatively affects you more than it does them. Allowing yourself to forgive actually empowers you more, and it clears your head of negative thoughts and emotions which could potentially affect you and your health. If somebody does something that you resent, do both of you the favor of having open communication. Explain to them why their actions hurt you, how you feel, and how you hope to move forward. Most likely, they will come to respect you more for your positive and progressive attitude. 

 

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