(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” That’s what Abraham Lincoln once said. And according to new research from the University of Miami, it turns out that he’s right. There really is power in positive thinking!
In fact, recent research shows positive thinking not only improves your outlook on life, but it can also produce physiological benefits. Visualizing yourself fighting off an illness actually sends messages to your brain to produce more white blood cells and boost your immune system. The same goes for tackling lofty fitness goals or successfully following diet regimens.
How does positive thinking work? It’s not an exact science. But, there are a few general rules for incorporating optimism into your lifestyle. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett gives these tips to help you unleash the power of positive thinking.
Set a realistic goal. If you just purchased your first bicycle, then it may not be realistic to complete a triathlon next month, no matter how optimistic you are. When it comes to setting goals – both fitness and otherwise – take an inventory of where you’re at now. Then, set a goal that is realistic and attainable, and pursue that goal with gusto!
Always visualize favorable situations. Don’t waste your time thinking about potential negative outcomes. You’ll sabotage your efforts if you start contemplating everything that could possibly go wrong. Instead, fill your mind with visions of success.
Use positive words. Remove the word can’t from your vocabulary. And while you’re at it, remove the words always, never, and should from your daily usage as well. Don’t think about what you should have done, what always seems to be the case, what you neveraccomplish, or what you can’t do. Instead, replace those words with visions and expressions of how you can and will find success.
Keep good company. If you are around positive people, then you will inevitably become more optimistic yourself. Spend time with people who build you up, not those who tear you down.
Try making a habit of positive thinking in your daily life. Go ahead and picture yourself victoriously crossing the finish line of a half-marathon. You’ll be that much closer to reaching your goal.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.