When things get stressful, it’s easy to obsess about the negative. But the best thing you can do during stressful times is focus on the positive.
Crazy as that sounds, it works. I’m not a naturally positive person. Like a lot of things in my life, I have to work at it. But I know that getting mired in negative thoughts can become a dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy. Every little thing seems a million times worse than it actually is, and before you know it, it’s morphed into a catastrophic event.
New research from a study at the University of Kentucky gives us another reason to look at things more positively: being optimistic could help your body fight off colds and flu viruses. During the study, subjects’ skin was injected with germs. Researchers discovered that people’s immune systems responded more aggressively to fight off sickness on days when they felt more hopeful vs. days when they were feeling more negative.
This is good food for thought anytime, but especially good to know as we approach cold and flu season. We’ve always been encouraged to get our flu shots. Health experts also point out that you should eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep and wash your hands several times a day. Think of being optimistic as a bit like your own additional insurance policy.
Another thing people consider their own personal insurance policy: vitamins and supplements. It’s a booming industry, something Jon Krasselt knows a thing or two about. The owner of two Nutrition Discount Centers sees a growing market for people who want to get healthy and stay that way for a long time and who believe taking vitamins and supplements is another way they can protect themselves. Be sure to read about his unique perspective in this month’s feature story.
Finally, it wouldn’t be November if I didn’t say thank you to our readers and advertisers. We appreciate your loyalty over the years and we don’t take it for granted. You don’t hear a lot about growth in the publishing industry because, as in many industries in this economy, it’s not very good right now. We have much to be thankful for.
Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving