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The Real Benefits of Optimism

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There is real evidence that having a positive outlook can have both psychological and biological benefits.

The data comes from an analysis of 15 studies with more than 200,000 participants, so there’s real science to back it up.  The lead research, Dr. Rozanski, said “In every case, there was a strong relationship between optimism and a lower risk of disease.”  And less disease means more vitality.

How do you amp up your optimism?  Look back with gratitude, look ahead with excitement.  Take some time each morning to think about 3 things from the day before that you’re happy about.  Then think about 3 things for the day that you’re looking forward to.  And these don’t have to be big things. You can be grateful for a great parking spot and look forward to pancakes.

When you focus on the positive, the negative pessimism gets less energy and goes away by itself. Which will leave you with more energy since pessimism “[bathes your body] in damaging stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine… Pessimism increases inflammation in the body and fosters metabolic abnormalities like diabetes.”

For more, check out this article from The New York Times.


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Slow Carbs Win! (Just Like the Tortoise)

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Remember The Tortoise and the Hare…the famous race won by the slow but steady tortoise over the fast hare that stopped to rest?

Well think of Slow Carbs as the Tortoise…slow and sustained energy that will help you win your race of a day. While Fast Carbs (think simple carbs and sugar) might give you a boost but are typically followed by a crash.

So go ahead and add carbs that give you slow burning energy to your meals every day. Slow Carbs are good! Some great ones include:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Cauliflower
  • Quinoa

And while you’re at it, eat them slowly. You’ll satisfy your appetite better and enhance the sustained energy release benefits.


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