November 20th, 2009
02:51 PM ET

My resolution – be more positive

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

As the year 2010 begins to sneak up on us, I am already making a list of my New Year's resolutions. There are the usual promises: eat less, exercise more. But I am also determined to adopt a more positive attitude next year and look at the glass as half full. That’s not always easy, especially during a time when friends are without work and the guy down the street can't make his mortgage payments. For some of us this year, the only thing in the glass has been sludge.

But it's time to change the way we look at things and start to appreciate the good in our everyday lives. And we need to spread that joy by taking care of one another, by being there when times get tough, even when the misfortunes are not ours. We need to think that the housing market will do better, employment rates will go up and peace will make its way into the hearts of our world leaders. We must think positively. Research has shown that if we approach the day with an optimistic view, positive things will happen, not only for the good of the world, but for our own heath.

In a recent study published in the journal "Circulation," researchers found that women who were more positive and had a better attitude had a 16 percent lower risk of having a heart attack. Other studies have proved that people who are happier and look at things with a good attitude have lower blood pressure, sleep better and are more active. Doctors also say being more upbeat helps our immune systems, keeps depression at bay and even gives us the ability to cope when things do get rough.

I am a blessed person. I try never to take my fortune for granted. And I try to live by the Golden Rule. But from time to time, when a driver cuts me off, or a clerk messes up an order, I can get irritated – and at times, rather nasty. So next year, instead of slinging terse words at the motorist next to me, or being snippy when checking out at a store, I will try to take a step back, take a deep breath and let it go. I will try to be better to my fellow men and women and lift them up instead of dressing them down. Yes, it's been tough recently, but as we enter into a time of giving thanks, consider all the wonderful things we have in our lives. They may add up to more than we realized. And that’s the most positive thing of all.

Do you are agree?

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. MT

    I so agree with you. I will also try to spend everyday in peace, llive in a state of thanks and think positively next year...

    November 22, 2009 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Alvaro Gomes

    I'm totally agree with this article. Being more positive not just help us live better, but help others not turn their life in mess. Let me explain: When you think positive, be on your job or in your family circle, people look at you and think: "Well, things are not so bad, let me try this". Its contagious. Living is a state of art, and living better its almost a science. Putting those together will make a lot of difference in our hard, but beautiful life.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    That's interesting, positive thinking does help your health overall. It can have many benefits and of course I agree with yuo 100%.

    I don't think people realize how complex our behavior can get in the way of our everyday needs or desires. It can have major changes to our moods, which can alter our way of thinking. But honestly for me, I like the distractions and interuptions in everyday life. I mean, the Internet is a way of helping you, it can have assets to your psyche. At least for me it does. For a good 1 hr to 2 hrs, I can say what I want, do as I say it and believe what I say. Is a way to make the day go faster. Use to do it on a consitent basis and for many hours but I have toehr things to do than just complain, rant, ignore, discriminate, etc on an entertainment tool which is the Internet.

    I don't think is just positive thinking but a good work ethic as well. Is eay for people who have a job and love their jobs, they make the best out of it and their co workers as well. It makes the day go fast as well too and with the right attitude, people can look at you in a different way and good judgments toward you. Believe it or not, people in general do have respect for the ones who don't take it as serious but just enough to have the right attitude. You will get respect and admiration because they don't try to imitate you but try to understand how you can handle such difficults tasks at work or at any other job location. Let alone in this economy, times are tough but with a lil(just a lil) compassion, people will respect and aspire to be the best they can be.

    I'm critical of the economy and make rationalizations regarding it, is not me being negative or persimisstic, is just the truth. But I don't say it to make people upset or agitated, is literally me being positive because in all honesty, that's my way of helping me thrive my personality. We are all different but we all handle certain strides very differently than one another. Some may have different assertions or actions regarding how positive they are, like working out, helping, volunteering, etc. And it really is your definition of positive thinking for you. As long it gets you relaxed, calm and patient, then chances are it will help you health overall. Is one thing if you express anger or frustration in a given moment but even stress is good for you. But doing it all the time, then you may have a problem. But like I said, every person has their own capabilities and assertions regarding how they manage their own behavior and attitude. People do many activities that can help them relieve their day.

    Positive thinking can help you but it really is to your own benefit and actions that will determine how well you are suited for.

    November 27, 2009 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Pranesh

    I totally agree, it's good for everyone. world will be better place to live if everyone understands it.

    December 1, 2009 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
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