How being negative affects your health

In the midst of this current pandemic situation and the stressful environment which has become our “norm”, I feel compelled to talk about how being negative affects your health.

By all means, stay informed of what’s happening around us, but not absorbed.

Spend your time and energy on the things you can do rather than consume your mind with negative thoughts and worries over which you have no control.

I had a conversation with a friend recently and I was so shocked with something he said. I’ve been around many people my whole life and not much surprises me, but this floored me!

We were talking about why some people choose to be negative rather than positive and he mentioned that a large percentage of people watch game shows, not because they want to see participants win, but because they want to see them lose!

I couldn’t believe this. I could never imagine thinking such a thing. I’m not a big game show watcher but nothing pleases me more than watching people win and succeed because you know what? If they can, I can too!

This got me thinking. I realised how being negative affects your health. Not only does it affect your mental well being, but because all the chemical reactions occurring from negativity, this upsets your physical wellbeing. This is where inflammation starts to happen, leading to chronic and sometimes fatal illnesses.

Let’s look at some of the main negative emotions. They are sadness, hate, anger and jealousy. I won’t talk too much about sadness, that’s a whole other issue and in many cases happens in difficult times like the parting of loved ones.

The other emotions of hate, anger and jealousy are a choice. You are never in control of what people say or do to you, but you are in control of how you react with your words and actions. I personally never use the word hate. It’s the worst 4 letter word in the dictionary. It evokes such crushing tension through the body. You don’t hate brussell sprouts. You don’t like them. My children are corrected if the word hate comes out. Thankfully it rarely does.

Jealousy? Studies have proven that when you are jealous of someone or something, it’s generally because you want to be like them or have what they have.

If the emotions of jealousy and hate are strong, they will cause you physical and mental harm and this is how being negative affects your health. Seek help through counselling, reading and self-development courses.

Try smiling more, the results are amazing. Remember it’s your choice. Positive and negative do not attract.

In our conversation, my friend relayed a great story about anger. A wise father was concerned about his son’s anger so each day for weeks, he would ask his son to hammer a nail into a piece of wood every time he was angry.

After a few weeks, the anger dissipated, and the son grew calmer. He realised that he could put his anger away and it didn’t matter anymore. Then his father asked him to remove all the nails. His son wanted to know why and his father told him, that every time you get angry it leaves a mark, not just on you but on others around you. Gave me goosebumps.

So, what sort of mark do you want to leave on yourself and those around you? Remember the choice you make has a profound effect on how being negative affects your health.

You know, I didn’t have a great childhood and the lessons I’ve learnt have made me who I am today. It’s my choice. I could choose to live by negativity because that was my comfort zone and what I knew best, yet I choose to live everyday with positivity and help those around me.

So, what’s your choice? I hope you have a better understanding of how being negative affects your health. Soon I’ll be discussing ways to stay positive so stay tuned.

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Until next time

Look feel live your best and decide today to live for tomorrow

Always Anna