Positive Health

Reducing Stress with Positive Thinking

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health. Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills. Here’s how. Understanding positive thinking and self-talk Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignor...

It Only Takes Two Steps to Save A Life: The Facts You Never Knew About CPR

A hero can come form anywhere, and may be needed at any time to come to the rescue of an unsuspecting victim.  Many “heroes” save lives because simply because they are prepared, have training, and the confidence to act quickly, and this is how they were able to save the life of Steven Levitt.  Pay careful attention to his story, as told in the first person… and think to yourself if you would have had the ability to react, act, or be a hero for a loved one, a friend, a family member or even a stranger.  And then keep reading,  if you haven’t learned it already, by the end of this article, you will have learned the two simple steps you need to learn to save a life.   It’s about 9:30 am on June 21, 2014 at The Village Club. I remember the score was 2-5 and we were just ...

Everyone’s Favorite Legal Drug Addiction

With an average of 600 million cups of coffee consumed in the USA daily, by over 83% of Americans, caffeine is the world’s most wildly used legal psychoactive drug, and we aren’t even including the chocolate, soda and energy drink consumers.  An estimated 80% of Americans, men, women and children consume caffeine daily.    Caffeine increases alertness and energy by blocking a sleep-inducing chemical called adenosine and can cause many issues as well as have many benefits, especially when it’s typically consumed with a fair amount of sugar.  It can help with weight loss, and cause increased energy levels, but at the same time contribute to weight gain, poor concentration or insomnia.  Caffeine, addictive in nature, can have you crazing both coffee and sugary drinks to not only f...

An Hour a Day Keeps Heart Failure Away

The American Heart Association has just reported in a study that began back in 1997 that an hour of exercise a day could lower your risk of heart failure by 46%.    Males are at greater risk for heart failure, but increased physical activity was equally beneficial for both genders. You don’t have to run a marathon or become a body builder to prevent heart disease, but moderate to vigorous physical activity, will reduce your chances drastically… even more when combined with a healthy diet.   Studies had shown that even low levels of activity were more effective in reducing heart failure then no level of activity.  So next time, take the stairs, leave the car at home and go for a stroll, or join your local yoga class… every step you take is a step toward a a healthy heart.

Poke Your Way to Feeling Good & Good Feelings

  Many people are skeptical that shoving a bunch of hair thin needles into specific points all over your body but this medical procedure, better known as acupuncture is becoming more and more popular in the USA.  Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into your skin and very specific points on your body.  Traditional Chinese medicine, linked back over 2500 years, explains that the technique balances the flow of energy or life force (known as qi or chi) believed to be flowing through pathways in your body. Western medicine believes a more scientific explanation of acupuncture’s effectiveness by stimulating nerves, muscles and connective tissue to activate your body’s natural painkillers, loosen tension deep within soft tissue, and increase blood flow to specific areas ...

Cheer Up, Sleepy Jean: How to Get More Sleep to Improve Your Mood

  The amount of sleep you get each day has a huge impact on your mood and performance for each day.   Not getting enough can cause you to be irritable, sluggish, and it can cause your body’s cortisol/stress levels to rise as well as your immune system to decline.  Here are some tips for helping you to get a good night’s sleep:   Get more sleep, at least 8 hours a night.  Choose a reasonable bed time and stick to it. Take a bath before bed to relax yourself. Turn off all the lights. Reduce the noise of your TV or radio.  White noise is the best for a sound sleep. Lower your body’s temperature.  Cooling down your body allows you to drift to sleep quicker. Don’t eat a heavy meal before bed. Avoid smoking, drinking or caffeine before bedtime to allow your body to relax. Make sure you...

5 Things to Do Each Morning that Will Help Boost Your Positive Attitude

In our busy lives its hard to always keep a positive attitude.   People get caught in the daily grind where work, relationships, family, health, and other life issues can both positively and negatively impact their lives.  Anything and everything can begin to weigh down on your energy levels, health, peace of mind and overall mood, and it can become very hard to remind yourself to always keep a positive outlook in life, but I assure you, the small effort you do take to improve your mood will have a big impact on all of these things. Here are 5 simple things to do each morning before breakfast to make sure you start and continue your day off with as much positive energy as possible:   1.  Set your alarm clock early(and get to bed early): Yes.. there is some merit to the old saying R...

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

  Keeping a positive attitude on a daily basis is much easier when you are feeling wonderful!   Check out these 5 things to boost your body’s immunity to help not only prevent disease, but fight it off sooner.   Inactivity:  Being inactive slows down your metabolism and circulation and in turn, slows down the rate you absorb immunity-boosting nutrients or expels harmful things within the body.   Avoid White Flour:  White flour can impair the T cells and B cells in your body which help to fight off illness.   Lack of Sleep: If your body does not get enough sleep, it cannot produce the required amount of melatonin in your body needed to make enough white blood cells to fight off bacteria.   Eating too much Protein:  Eating too much protein (especially from animal sources)...

Mood Foods: Eating Your Way to a Positive Attitude

Not many people know that the food you eat can affect your mood.   Key nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and B vitamins can help to lift your spirits.  These nutrients contribute to body functions by stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving neurotransmitter and nerve functioning.  Choosing nutrient-rich foods and getting active can help you to both look and feel your best, as well as boost chemicals in the brain that affect and enhance your overall daily attitude. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that support normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves.  Three important forms of omega-3 fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and α-linolenic acid, or ALA.  These enhance the ability...

Positive Attitude Founder Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Positive Attitude Founder David Nachman took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to show our fans how easy it is to make a difference in the world!   We at Positive Attitude are contributing right along with you and challenge you to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!  The first 100 fans to donate $10 and complete the challenge will receive a FREE Positive Attitude Bracelet!  All you have to do is create your ice bucket challenge video, and give us a shout out so we know you’re a fan, and post it to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/haveapositiveattitude David also called out one of his friends Bob by name, who promptly accepted the challenge as well!  

Robin Williams with one Final Act of Charity

The legacy of Robin Williams will live on long after his death, with gifts of laughter and gifts of charity.   The late actor donated a custom-made Pegorette bicycle to the Hotbed Benefit, which took place last Saturday night in Tiburon, California.  The event collected proceeds for 10,000 Degrees, an organization that provides educational opportunities for low income students The bike, along with an autographed hat from the film “Night at the Museum” raised $20,000 and will pay for two students to attend college for a year. Robin Williams, himself an avid cyclist and bike collector, used his love for cycling to help kids with disabilities through the Challenged Athletes Foundation.   Williams participated in 11 triathlons with the organization.  Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a double ab...

Obsessed with Food – By Pam Yudko

  “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”― Maya Angelou Sometimes I get a glimpse of my life and am in AWE of whom I was and whom I’ve become.  How did I get to this space?  How did FOOD become a driving force in my life in a way that nourishes my mind, body and soul?  How is my past and present relationship with food a driving force in my company as I empower people to shift their beliefs around food as well? Food did not always play a positive role in my life.  I was always OBSESSED with food, but in a way that was detrimental to my health and well-being.  As a child it was way of exerting my power and a means to try an...

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