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Sharp Health News

6 ways to be more positive (infographic)

April 12, 2018

Positive thinking is a powerful thing. It helps you battle stress and depression — and does wonders for your physical well-being. But staying positive isn't always easy.

We asked Dr. Brian Miller, a psychiatrist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Dr. Suhair Erikat, a therapist with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, to share six simple tricks.

6 ways to be more positive (infographic). Negative thinking puts an unhealthy strain on your mind and body. Harness your inner optimism with these tips from our experts. A glass half full. Happy people are healthy people. How do we know? Research suggests that positive thinking can: increase your life span, decrease depression or distress, battle the common cold, improve your heart health, build stress-coping skills. A glass half empty. We've all let fear, anger or sadness get the better of us. But knowing these 4 positivity pitfalls can help you avoid them in darker times: filtering - magnifying negative aspects of a situation, personalizing - blaming yourself for everything, catastrophizing, anticipating the worst will happen, polarizing - feeling you need to be perfect or else you're a failure. 6 tips that stick. Take an active role in improving your outlook by trying these 6 simple tricks: 1. Practice mindfulness: Be fully present in everything you do, from drinking coffee to interacting with family. 2. Create a gratitude journal: Every night, write down three things for which you are thankful. 3. Use daily affirmations: Find positive statements and repeat them throughout the day. 4. Get active: Exercise can relieve stress, improve sleep and boost your overall mood. 5. Try relaxation techniques: From basic breathing to active massage, learn ways to ease your mind. 6. Engage in your favorite activities: Don't let negativity keep you from doing your favorite things. From the experts: There is evidence that people who have more resiliency, optimism and larger social networks tend to be healthier and live longer. - Dr. Brian Miller, a psychiatrist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Positive people tend to show gratitude for the small things in life and tend to surround themselves with other positive people. - Dr. Suhair Erikat, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and doctor of behavioral health (DBH) with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. 2018 Sharp HealthCare. All rights reserved.

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