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Boost your positivity in three steps on International Happiness Day!

by , 20 March 2013

It's International Happiness Day. So it's fitting to look on the bright side today. But cancer patients have been warned against being 'too positive', as they can end up feeling miserable by blocking their true emotions and not dealing with then properly, Irish psychologists warn. Here're three ways to boost your positivity…

Everyone should be doing their utmost to stay positive today as it’s International Happiness Day.
 
"On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others… Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want," says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations.
 
Keep this in mind if you’re trying to cheer up someone with cancer, as encouraging them to stem their negative emotions and putting on a brave face can lead to a setback in their recovery, warns Ireland’s Independent.
 
In fact,"Facing up to uncertainty and insecurity takes courage and may be painful but can be a more helpful way to manage the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis".
 
So over-emphasising being positive can be an additional burden to someone diagnosed with cancer.
 
And it’s a vicious circle – the worse you feel physically, the worse you’ll feel mentally.
 
Luckily, there are three easy ways to stay positive that don’t require masking your true feelings – and by boosting your positivity, you’ll feel better physically, too!
 
Attitude has long been known to play a role in affecting the body’s health. If you’re not in a positive mood, you’ll easily go down the road to stress, misery and loneliness – three risk factors for life-shortening diseases and illnesses, as reported by FSPHealth.
 
That’s the last thing you need!
 
Positivity step 1: Make time for friends and family
 
The easiest way to stop this is to make time to see friends and family, says FSPHealth.
 
Because if you’re socially connected, you’re more likely to experience positivity, says  ScienceDaily.
 
And if you’re feeling rundown, a shift in mindset could even strengthen your immune system, says TheNewAge.
 
Because dwelling on the negative can increase your stress levels as well as inflammation in the body. 
 
Positivity step 2: Change your physical location to change your mindset
 
If you can manage it, go for a walk around the block – a change of scenery has been proven as one of the easiest ways to reframe your mind and boost positivity  if you just can’t snap out of a negative mood. 
 
Positivity step 3: Write down the small things that make you smile in a gratitude journal
 
And this may sound a little cheesy, but don’t knock it until you try it – keep a gratitude journal.
 
All you have to do is write down three things that went well or made you smile during the day.
 
It could be as simple as looking at the bright flowers outside your window or taking a five-minute break to really savour a cup of coffee.
 
Then, the next time you’re feeling down or stressed, just page through a few weeks and you’ll find yourself surprised at all the ‘small things’ that keep you going, says Simple Abundance.
 
See? It’s easy to boost your positivity – and a healthy mind leads to a healthy body, so do all you can to stay on the bright side!
 



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