GOOD VIBRATIONS: How a Positive Attitude Reaps Healthful Rewards
“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science. But in our world at Saskatoon PhysioYoga, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health.
I have witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion following surgery. And for each of these successes there exists a single, underlying factor affecting the patient’s final outcome: a positive attitude.
It seems, the people who achieve the most success in physical therapy and rehab are those who have a positive attitude, who are focused on their goals and who are looking to the future with a positive mindset. These people put in the work and they visualize success. Keeping a positive mindset goes a long way toward achieving positive results.
But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Here’s the research supporting the Positive Attitude Vibe!
According to several recent studies in the world of health sciences, a positive attitude can put you on the path toward a longer, healthier and more stress-free life.
· A 2012 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine suggests that a positive attitude can reverse health risks in seniors, which leads to a better quality of life;
· Another 2012 study, this one by the Duke University Medical Center, linked positive emotions to better heart health;
· And according to the Mayo Clinic – and in support of dozens of other studies on the topic of positivity – a positive attitude can be linked to an increased life span, a stronger immune system, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, less stress, and overall mental and physical well-being.
These are some of the studies that we have taken to heart here at Saskatoon PhysioYoga. We mindfully apply the power of positivity throughout every aspect of our practice, from our therapeutic environment to the personalities of our physical therapists/teachers to the way we motivate our patients. Such an emphasis can lead to better outcomes for our patients. We have a sticker on our clinic Wall of Fame that reads “POWERED BY OPTIMISM”. That pretty much sums up our philosophy.
The power of positivity applies to everything, no matter your challenges, goals and obstacles. As studies have shown, attitude affects how people recover from injury and achieve greater health and longevity. But it goes much further than that.
Having a positive attitude helps as you work toward any goal, whether that goal be in physical therapy, personal relationships, in education, advancing your career … whatever it may be. And let’s face it, positive people are just way more fun to be around!