More on Optimism….

So, the question is, do you believe attitude makes a difference in health, longevity and happiness? Does being an optimist improve quality of life?  If you said “yes”, you are correct. What are the important elements of attitude? OPTIMISM!!!!! is considered one of the most important. In a recent article by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Barry Bittman, suggests the actual difference between pessimists and optimists longevity is about 12 years. Wow!!!! 12 years of fun, creativity and life experience.

It may be time to take a look at your current environment, friendships, life stressors stressors including your perception of stress. If you believe something is stressful, then it is.

As Dr. Maruta, the chief investigator of the Mayo Clinic Study states, “ultimately it is not stress that kills us. Rather, it’s our perception of stress that makes the difference.” With this in mind, it is never to late to take charge of your attitude. Begin to look at the glass as half full. Take time daily to think about and focus on gratitude. Find positive people, experiences, and work on creating meaning and pleasure in your life. Whatever happens in life has “opportunity: tucked away inside for optimism. Since you have a choice how you think about things, go forward with a positive attitude to enhance optimism.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.