Make today cheerfully bright
A positive outlook can bring your mind and body into balance and make a big difference to your overall well-being. For a happier, healthier you, sometimes all it takes is a little gratitude.
You only have one today — so make the most of it! Take a break from the hustle and bustle to connect to yourself and others.
- A laugh a day. Laughing boosts the immune system, so watch a funny movie, go catch a comedy show, or call up your funniest friend.
- Give your brain a workout. Try something new to keep your mind stimulated: take up an instrument, try out a new recipe, or investigate a different route home from work.
- Deactivate. Don’t take your digital toys to bed. Instead, escape in a good old-fashioned book. You’ll sleep better and get your imagination going.
Read on for more ways to stay on the bright side.
Caring for the whole you
Your mind and body are connected. How you think, feel, and act affect your total health and well-being.
Being healthy, mentally and emotionally, means you feel good about yourself, your relationships, and your purpose in life.
Everyone feels on edge, sad, angry, or confused, or confronts emotional issues from time to time. But if you can manage stress, communicate well, achieve work-life balance, and think more positively, you’ll be able to bounce back from difficult times faster and enjoy yourself and others more.
If you need help, our classes, coaches, and coordinated team of doctors and mental health professionals can teach you skills and provide treatment to cope with more serious emotional problems that may be affecting your life.
Reviewed by: Andrew Bertagnolli, PhD and Craig Robbins, MD, July 2013
© 2013 Kaiser Permanente