As the year comes to an end and you begin thinking about a healthier you, perhaps you should consider your personality and how this impacts your world. Does it help or hurt you? If it is causing you havoc, maybe it is time for a rebirth, time to embrace a more optimistic perspective.
On a recent Dr. Oz show, he highlighted a guest who discussed personality traits and how your personality trait can affect your health.
Advice from Psychiatrist, Alicia Salzer, MD, “…scientific studies show that our personality traits can actually trigger our vulnerability to and resistance to different disease states.”
During the program, they highlighted various personalities and the affect each has on a person’s health; optimistic was the most beneficial of all presented. These individuals are least likely to get a disease. Dr. Salzer communicated, “[there are] so many benefits to an optimistic style [in] looking at the world including the fact that you may in fact live longer. It is a wonderful trait in terms of its health benefits and what I love about it is I feel there are aspects to it that are really learnable. It’s a mental discipline to not allow negative thoughts in your head. Optimistic people, they just simply don’t indulge themselves in a lot of negative thinking. They consider it dramatic, a waste of time or counter-productive.”
She offers advice for those of us who get caught up in unnecessary drama and anxiety. “Keep it local (don’t allow a pity party, debunk anxiety that snowballs into worst case stressful scenarios, be realistic and move on!)”
Really, the bottom line here is that your time and health is valuable. Spend and exert your efforts on purpose with good intention instead of draining yourself with unnecessary concerns. How you view and interface with the world really does affect your health. In the New Year try on an optimistic attitude and see if you life the fit!