As a species, we humans tend to be pretty darn negative.
I know I try to preach a little “glass half full” around here, but sometimes it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle.
And I guess that’s only natural.
Part of our makeup as people is we’re drawn to the negative. It’s what kept our forefathers out of harm’s way… focus on the threats and do what you can to avoid them.
But in today’s world, dwelling on the negative is pretty counterproductive.
It mucks with our daily happiness, and we hardly ever rejoice in our victories. And think about what we’re doing right.
This is especially true when it comes to your health.
If you focus on all the bad health news, you can exhaust your days worrying that anything and everything is out to kill you.
Pesticides and pollution. Growing numbers of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Is this food good for you like they said, or not?
And who is the “they” you should believe?
But when you stop to think about it, most of us are doing better than we give ourselves credit for. And better than the “average” man or woman (whoever that is)…
I know I’ve mentioned in the past that a study showed just 5 healthy behaviors can increase your lifespan by well over a decade…
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Moving your body
- No smoking
- Only moderate drinking
- And eating a healthy diet
Think about it for a second. I’d bet you’re doing most of these things.
And what if on top of that, you’re focused on getting a decent night’s sleep?
Or adding targeted, healthy supplements to round out that diet?
What if you take time to volunteer, help others?
You get outside and enjoy the sunshine or do other things to reduce your stress?
Then guess what… your lifespan is bound to be even longer.
When’s the last time you stopped to think about that, instead of worrying about the “what ifs?”
Sure, there’s always room for improvement. But the next time you read some scary headline about this statistic or that health threat, remember…
You’re doing better than most. Because you’ve made your health a priority.
So rejoice that fact today.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance