5 Simple Ways to Increase Positivity

EVENT: Finding Your Happiness with Guest Speaker, Diane Lange
WHERE: KareBoost Health (107 Cedar Grove, Suite 100, Somerset, NJ 08873)
TIME: Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7pm
            In our previous blog on positivity, we discussed how the power of positive thinking may lead to better health.  Today, we will address the steps you can take to harness positivity and improve your mental and physical well-being.
`1. Lead with the Positive.  Try starting off a conversation with something good that happened to you, instead of leading with the negative.  Even if it is something simple, like a nice cup of coffee that you enjoyed this afternoon, it starts your conversation off with a positive tone. 

2. Volunteer.  Caring for others leads to a marked decrease in depressive symptoms.  If you do not have a lot of time or energy outside of work and family responsibilities, know that just reaching out to a struggling friend or classmate leads to the same benefits as volunteering for an organized group.

3. Exercise!  Simply moving has a large clinical impact of depression, but you do not have to run miles a day or take up Cross Fit to reap the benefits.  Taking a 30-minute walk or starting a gentle yoga practice will lift your spirits.  Most importantly, find an activity that you enjoy and look forward to.  To get the most benefits, try to move for 30 minutes 5 days a week.

4. Write it down.  Habits are more easily created when we write them down, and the same applies to the power of positive thinking.  Keep a small notepad in a place that is convenient for you, maybe at your desk or bedside table, and every day write down 3 things that went well for you.  Remember, you do not have to get a promotion every day or win the Nobel Prize to have something positive to write down.  It can be as simple as enjoying a nice walk, spending time with a friend, or treasuring a few moments with a pet. 

5.  Focus on what you can control.  People who focus on thinking positively about the things that are in their control have the most success.  While great events do not happen every day, focusing on small successes is a productive way to increase health and happiness. 
            If you are seeking a source of support while incorporating healthy changes, KareBoost offers numerous holistic health services, including yoga, massage and Stress Reduction Coaching.  Change can be overwhelming, but you do not need to do it alone! 
Kara Unal JD, RYT
Greg Bing, M.Ed., Certified Personal Trainer
KareBoost Health


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