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Adopting a Positive Attitude
Donna Krug clr

The connection between the mind and body is strong, so an overall positive attitude – including an upbeat outlook on life – can affect overall happiness, health, and well-being. Similar to good health practices such as eating well and getting plenty of exercise, a positive attitude should be a habit that starts early in life.
A positive attitude can impact mental health and physical functioning, including the ability to fight disease and infection. Attitude can also affect relationships, social networks, and help make success in life more likely. The bottom line: being more positive across the lifespan causes less stress and enables people to live healthier, happy lives.
Being able to accept and adapt to change plays an important role in having a positive attitude, especially as life is filled with ups and downs. This point hit home with me last fall when, in a few seconds my life changed due to a cycling accident. My arm is still healing and therapy has helped a great deal with regaining strength and range of motion. I’m convinced that my motivation to get back on the bike plus the loving support of my family and friends is helping me to maintain a positive attitude and meet the challenges that lie ahead.
In my recent “Keys to Embracing Aging” program I encouraged participants to do something you love every day. It could be something like playing the piano or going for a walk. Embracing a hobby or activity provides a sense of purpose in life because it is something that you can create and nurture.
Everyone has a bad day once in a while, but in general, a positive attitude and happy outlook can help pull you through life’s challenges. Having an upbeat and proactive outlook on life over time can also contribute to better health and optimal aging, including longevity.
Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Barton County. You may reach her at: (620)793-1910 or