Your outlook on life in general and your attitude about your own life can have a major impact on your health. One study from Johns Hopkins University showed that a pessimistic attitude could have more impact on when you die than cigarettes or congestive heart failure.
The Power of Attitude
While at first glance, this connection between mind and body may seem mystical, it can be quite practical. When you’re depressed, you’re less likely to take care of yourself. You won’t eat healthy, work out or make other healthy decisions.
On the other hand, when you feel positive about your life, you’ll want to take steps to maintain that life. You may choose to eat healthier, go for a walk or do other things that have a good impact on your health.
Depression as well as anxiety can lead to medical problems, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Prolonged stress can cause damage to your organs, which can lead to health problems.
How to Overcome a Bad Attitude
If you’re dealing with depression or anxiety, you need to seek professional help. Medications and other treatments can help you overcome this problem before it leads to permanent damage.
If you’re prone to pessimism or a negative outlook with no medical or mental health issue, you may need to take action steps to overcome the issue. You can read self-help books and use other resources to help you change your attitude so you can be healthier.
Studies show that people with a positive outlook can overcome major health obstacles, including cancer and other terminal illnesses. While the attitude may not cure them, it helps their system to respond to treatments better. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking on your health.