FAQ

1. What does it mean to thrive when it comes to health? To find joy and fulfillment in life’s limitless offerings.

2. How does attitude affect health? If you expect to be healthy, you increase your chances of enjoying good health. If you expect to be ill, you increase your chances of that.

3. How do you rank social, emotional, and spiritual health? They are all equally important.

Religious faith has an enormous effect on your attitude. It can make you more generous and openhearted toward others and yourself.

Friendships are good for your health. During hardships, they are a source of comfort and strength. Learn how to find and nurture friendships and how to be a good friend.

People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s inevitable challenges, build strong relationships, and lead productive, fulfilling lives.

4. Does having a sense of humor actually have any health benefits? Humor is one of the most important weapons in a person’s attitude arsenal.

Humor stimulates laugher. Physiological stimulation through laughter leads to a number of health benefits. It appears to reduce stress; it tends to boost immunoglobulin A (an antibody that fights upper respiratory disease); and it tends to boost killer T-cells, which are antibodies that fight infection.

5. Is the mind connected with the immune system? It used to be thought that the mind and the immune system existed independently of each other. But research now shows that they may act as a single unit. Feeling stressed, for example, can make you more susceptible to whatever virus is going around. On the other hand, when you feel joyous and lighthearted, your immune system has a better chance of protecting you from it.

6. Is boredom a bad thing? Boredom has negative effects on your health, also, because of its lack of challenge and mental stimulation. Fatalism has a negative effect too. According to an article published recently in the Washington Post: Women who believed they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die as women with similar risk factors who didn’t hold such fatalistic views.

7. How can I feel more excited about life? Look around you.  There is so much to do and so much to see.  The opportunities are endless.  Life has a lot to offer and it’s right there for the picking.  Find a new hobby, reconnect with an old friend, go on a spontaneous adventure.

8. What are good examples of thriving?

  • A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.
  • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
  • A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.
  • The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change.
  • A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.
  • The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

9. Why is it important to have good self-esteem? How we feel about ourselves can influence how we live our lives. People who feel that they are likeable and lovable have better relationships. They are more likely to ask for help and support from friends and family when they need it. People who believe they can accomplish goals and solve problems are more likely to do well at workplace. Having good self-esteem allows you to accept yourself and live life to the fullest

10. How does having a negative personality affect me? Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that negative personality traits increase the risk of coronary heart disease. These negative personality traits include anxiety, hostility, anger, and bouts of depression. The traditional risk factors of heart disease are high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and extra weight. Each negative personality trait by itself is associated with heart disease; together the traits are the best predictor of your risk for developing poor heart health. These researchers encourage doctors to address negative personality traits in an attempt to promote long-term heart health – as well as cholesterol and immune system health.

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