What’s the color of your mood ring?
Turns out that that color just might be an indicator of your health.
Ok, so mood rings aren’t that accurate, but having a positive attitude goes a lot further than influencing how you feel. In fact, recent research has found that positivity (or lack of) can affect nearly every area of your wellness from heart health to relationships.
When we speak or think negatively of ourselves we greatly hinder our motivation, our progress, and ability to accomplish our goals.
Negative thoughts often cause unneeded stress. When we stress, our body releases cortisol. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and causes a host of changes in the body like increased blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and adrenaline.
Of course, cortisol has its purpose in the body and in the right doses is critical for homeostasis. But when we are overstressed and burden ourselves with a negative attitude, cortisol levels stay elevated for unhealthy amounts of time. Too much cortisol in the body can lead to adrenal fatigue and a host of health issues such as sleep problems, weight gain, and a weakened immunity.
On the other end of the spectrum, having a positive attitude has been linked with longer life spans, decreased risk of depression, anxiety, and even cardiovascular disease. Positivity can also help you achieve a healthier weight and improved well-being.
So how do you achieve a positive attitude?
There are many ways to improve your attitude from gratitude journals, healthy eating, to exercise, but you can start today with changing how you view yourself and making a conscious decision to be positive!
To help you out, let’s take a look at what a few of the most influencial fitness professionals and successful business owners had to say about the subject.
I think you’ll find these quotes motivational, uplifting, and inspiring!
How to Have a Positive Attitude
“A positive attitude goes a long way. Focus your energy on the here and now, and see how a happier you shines through.” –Jamie Eason, fitness model, trainer, and writer.
Have hope. Be an optimist. And believe that anything is possible. And then tell yourself that when you get knocked down, you will pick yourself back up. Every. Single. Time. –Adam Bornstein, award-winning fitness and nutrition journalist, author, and editor.
“The reason why successful people reach their dreams is because they keep trying and they keep believing. Sure, you will fall, and it will hurt. But you’ve got to realize that your achievement is worth those tough lessons.” Cassey Ho, creator of Blogilates.com.
“Don’t say I can’t. Say I presently struggle with. ” –Tony Horton, celbertiy fitness trainer.
“Nobody is perfect, so get over the fear of being or doing everything perfectly. Besides, perfect is boring. Today, instead of picking yourself apart in the mirror or with friends over drinks, start seeing your “imperfections” as unique traits that give you character and dimension—because that’s exactly what they are” –Jillian Michaels, celebrity fitness trainer.
Your Attitude is How You Feel about Yourself. Essentially, your attitude is how you feel about yourself. It’s the beliefs you hold deep inside about your own value and who you are. Whatever you believe about yourself becomes your reality.” –Chalene Johnson, celebrity fitness trainer.