Being positive may have positive effect on your health

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — We’ve all heard the saying: “look on the bright side of things.” but, did you know doing that is actually proven to give you better health?

We all know people who are always able to see the bright side of life, but researchers say they may not just be more positive, they may actually be healthier!

Dr. Josh Klapow, clinical psychologist says, “People who are optimistic tend to have stronger immune symptoms, and tend to have a lower incidence of cancer, and tend to live longer following a heart attack. So, being optimistic is good for your physical health as well as your emotional health.”

Dr. Josh says the most significant thing you can do to learn how to be more optimistic is something that may sound old-fashioned and silly: “count your blessings.”

He says at the end of every day write down three things that went really well, no matter how big or small they are. Next to each item, write down why these good things happened. And read the list out loud.

Over time, this can help increase your optimism because you’re intentionally spending more time thinking about positive events.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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