Positive thinking is synonymous with good health. Any doctor or psychologist will tell you that being in a state of depression will only cause illness, but living in a state of happiness can guarantee a longer life span.
There was a woman whose entire life was surrounded by negativity. After a time, she too became as negative as the people around her. Conversations with her would involve past memories that were sad and depressing, and there seemed to be no laughter in her voice. As her depression grew, there was no longer room for the light and she soon died of cancer.
There have been so many stories written about men and women who lived to be a hundred or more. When asked what attributed to their longevity, part of the answer would always include the words “positive outlook” and a “happy existence.”
The movie “Pollyanna” is an example of what positive thinking can do for a person, a people, and a town. It can lift you out of yourself and allow you to grab on to life with gusto. It can cheer up even the grumpiest of people. Yes, it can even turn Scrooge into a loving, caring, and giving individual.
While there may be reasons not to be positive, they should be pushed aside. Trying to control everything just leads to depression, stress, and negativity. Control only that which you can, and leave the rest to fate. Live a life full of positive people such as family and friends. Avoid those people who bring you down or have a view of life that always leaves them sad and dejected.
You can meditate as well using a mantra of your own choosing. Whatever it takes, the moment you feel downhearted, think about those who have nothing; those who are caught in wars and famine; those who have no family or friends.
You may be thinking, “This sounds like the glad game in the Pollyanna movie.” Well to some degree it does. Be happy and surround yourself with people who make you happy. You, too, can live to be100 by living a positive and healthy life.