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Hoo's Well
Friday, October 6, 2017

Everyone has a friend that they love to be around because they are genuinely a positive person. Typically, we like to be around these types of people because when you’re around a positive and happy person, their mood and expressions will begin to uplift your mood as well.

However, current research is telling us that a positive attitude goes far beyond smiling at someone as they pass you on the street or feeling good when you have a good day at work. Yes, these things are still important – but it has been shown that when you see more joy, contentment, and love, you will also see more possibilities in your life and open your mind to new opportunities!1

Positive psychologists have seen trends that suggest positive thinking can build skills such as social and creative skills, as well as help individuals cope with times of stress and during hardships.2 A study at a hospital in Denmark found that patients with a more positive attitude/mood were 58% more likely to live at least five years longer.3

Consider adding a few of the following tasks into your daily life to increase your personal positivity:

Meditate daily
Start your morning off with meditation. Remember last month when we mentioned the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod? Well he, as well as many others, recommend starting your day off with a little daily meditation. Meditation is a great way to refocus, set intentions for the day ahead, and to reduce stress before the day even begins.

Write down daily positive experiences 
At the end of each day, take five minutes to write down three positive experiences or three things you are grateful for from that day. Check out the “5 Minute Journal” app for daily reminders and journal space right on your smartphone!

Help others
Studies have shown that people who volunteer tend to be happier than those who do not. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, spend time meeting new people, and get together as a family.

Schedule time to do something you enjoy each day and HAVE FUN
It is so easy to let our days fill with to-do lists, work, and chores. Focusing only on things you have to do, deadlines, and the obstacles in the way is a sure-fire way to get stressed, overwhelmed, and let negativity into your life. Instead, spend time with your family, play outside, read a good book, dance to your favorite song, or anything that makes you happy. Don’t forget to have a little fun!

Increase your positivity this month by giving back or getting involved. Check out the Hoo’s Well Schedule for volunteering events and ways to get active in the community! Visit the Health & Benefits Expo on October 11th at Newcomb Hall from 8:30am – 2pm for more ideas and activities to benefit your well-being.