Your Mind in 2020

Credit: Alvernia University Online

It’s tough to be positive sometimes, but that just means it’s more important.

If you’re like many Americans who follow present day politics and international affairs, you probably go through one of these emotions on a daily basis: enraged, worried, or optimistic. You may not realize it, but your mindset contributes to your overall health, and how you view the world can be the tipping point on whether you live a happy, healthy and comfortable life or a miserable one.

To help you control how you view the world around you, there have been scientific studies and even a few steps you can take to achieve optimum mental health.

A study was performed in 2019 on the effects of mental states and state of health. According to the results, optimistic individuals were 35% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. Individuals with an optimistic view on life were also more likely to eat and live healthier.

Another method to upgrade your attitude towards life is to give back. It may sound counter-productive to some, but studies have found individuals who volunteer stimulate the reward centers of their brain. This in turn produces chemicals within our body to make us feel better about ourselves.

In line with volunteering or giving back, don’t forget to show your appreciation to others. Not only will this help you feel better about yourself, but it also creates a social bond between you and others. Good relationships keep us healthier and happier.

Furthermore, finding your purpose in life is another great strategy to keep your mind from drowning in negative thoughts. Creating goals and pushing yourself to accomplish them can give you a major boost of confidence.

Whichever method you use to get yourself healthier, just remember: mind, body, and soul.