Do you know this person? Maybe it is a she in your life. Negative people. The cup is half empty, not half full. They always have the worse case scenario perspective. What does this mindset and attitude do to one’s health?
Let’s explore… (for more info. read “How do Thoughts and Emotions impact health by Karen Lawson, MD)
-Chronic negative and repressed feelings can upset the body’s hormonal balance which can deplete the brain’s chemicals that lead to happiness.
-Negativity can cause gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, infections, anxiety and depression
-Negative attitudes also contribute to relationship problems. People don’t want to be friends with negative people, they don’t want to work with them, they get tired of being married to them, and the kids grow up to resent them.
-There are many more scientifically researched effects and simply effects you have observed about the danger of a negative attitude.
Can this person change? Sure, I believe anyone can change. If I didn’t, I should find a new career…
-One can change their attitude first by be grateful for things instead of complaining. Be thankful for the job you have. Be thankful for your health. Be thankful for your frustrations that are helping you to be more patient and understanding. You can turn all of your complaints into thanks if you try.
-Forgive those who’ve hurt you. Forgiveness isn’t about saying what someone did was ok, it is about releasing the bitterness in your own life for that person. The bitterness is only hurting you.
-Seek a counselor to help you deal with your repressed emotions and feelings that may be causing you to be negative.
-Pray and ask for God’s help in being more grateful. Gratitude leads to joy.
-Change your thinking. Think about true things, lovely things, noble, right, pure, and admirable.
Psalm 28:7 -The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
Thanking God for rain today even though I want some some sunhine,