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Tip of the Week: Think Positive

Ever feel like you're in a rut? Bored with your life? Unhappy with your looks? Or just feeling bummed out? Maybe to change your mood, you should change your thought process! Positive thinking (or positive psychology) has been shown to actually improve your health and well-being. Benefits include a longer life-span, decreased stress, lower rates of depression, and an overall healthier lifestyle. While it's not known why this correlation exists, it certainly appears that being optimistic has a positive effect on your health.

If you want to brighten your outlook, try positive affirmations. Take a look in the mirror and rattle off everything you like about yourself and what you think you do well. Even if you are self-conscious about certain features, try to view them from a different perspective. If you need some happy thoughts, take a washable marker and write yourself a happy message on the mirror at night and wake up to a nice greeting. It may seem silly, but boosting your confidence can lead to boosting your mood and boosting your health!