Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy UofA
Member of the ACA College of Supervisors
Level 3 Member Australian Counselling Association
Science is coming to understand that our thoughts and emotions can, and do, impact our overall well-being. So the thinking we engage in has a very real impact on our body.
The physical and emotional benefits of positivity have many measurable benefits for the body. This can include but is not confined to, speedier recovery from cardiovascular stress, improved sleep, fewer colds, and an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
Playfulness, love, interest, serenity, feeling connected to others, and gratitude all have a direct influence on health and well-being. The good news is that these can be practiced, and this practice will lead to very real benefits to your mind and body.
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There are many aspects to how you can achieve this, but the big three are forgiveness, emotional resilience and gratitude.
Forgiveness is the act of accepting that a negative circumstance has taken place and letting go of the negative emotions related to the act, so that you can experience personal freedom. It is definitely not validation or acceptance that what has taken place is acceptable, it is a means to improve the quality of life and health of the individual who has been wronged.
Emotional resilience is your ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. It is often referred to as your ability to "roll with the punches," the unexpected challenges that life throws you. The good news is that it is a skill that can be learned.
Gratitude at first may look to be an odd one, especially if you are going through challenging times and you think the world is picking on you. However, it is the ability to be grateful, even during the most trying times which is an act of kindness to your mind and subsequently your body. The positive focus is a great mood lifter and is the source of hope creation. Even in the darkest times there is a spark of hope, and this can be discovered through the lens of gratitude. Many people start their "attitude of gratitude" with a journal. Each day they make a point of writing down at least five things they are grateful for in their day.
What science is now proving is that the quality of thoughts really do matter, in fact your health depends upon it. The mind/body connection is not to be under-rated and you can start with your next thought!
Remember if you are smiling on the outside , you are also smiling on the inside!