A recent study from the American Stroke Association suggests that optimism can reduce inflammation. 
In a small study of 49 stroke survivors, researchers examined the relationship between optimism, inflammation, stroke severity, and physical disability for three months after a stroke.

“Our results suggest that optimistic people have a better disease outcome, thus boosting morale may be an ideal way to improve mental health and recovery after a stroke,” said Yun-Ju Lai, Ph.D., M.S., R.N., the study’s first author and a postdoctoral fellow in the neurology department at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (See more here: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/optimism-reduces-stroke-severity-inflammation)

While inflammation is an unfortunate side effect for stroke survivors, chronic inflammation affects millions of people worldwide. So whether you’re dealing with a diagnosed medical condition or just are looking to keep inflammation levels low, try injecting a bit more optimism into your life.

For some people, optimism comes naturally. For others—not so much. If you fall into the latter category, try to pay extra attention to your inner-dialogue. Whenever you find yourself saying something negative or pessimistic, pause and offer yourself a counter-argument. For example:
“Wow Cindy is wearing an ugly sweater today,” turns into “Power to Cindy for rocking that presentation last week.”
Make it a habit to leave every thought on a non-negative note. It’s not as hard as you might think; it just takes practice!

It takes 21 days to create a new habit.  Join me each month to create a new habit and you'll be sure to become a glass 1/2 full kinda gal/guy!  Just check the homepage of my website on the 1st of each month for the "Challenge of the Month" & Yoga Webinar to match....both based on the 5,000 year old practice of Ayurveda, "The Science of Life".

January - Abundance
February - Self Love
March - Better Sleep
April - Spring Cleansing
May - Mental Health Awareness
June - Yoga
July - Journaling
August - Happiness
September - Reset your Routine
October - Gut Health
November - Gratitude
December - Mindfulness

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