Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life): Step Eight

by Chiropractors Brighton on September 29, 2009

Thumbs Up!Every waking moment we are bombarded with choices. Every choice has a consequence or effect, and every consequence to some degree, makes up our present and affects our future, especially our health. Our choice of attitude is no exception and is perhaps the most powerful tool we have to create the life (and health) we desire.  By engaging in using Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life), you have taken one positive step closer to your goal which will affect not only your own health, but the health of those around you.

It is commonly understood that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. It is also understood that we cannot control the circumstances that surround our lives which gives us the fertile ground for developing our attitudes. Our responses or reactions to these circumstances is what gives us the life we have. What we can control is the way we view these circumstances and the way we respond or react to them – it is called creating a Positive Mental Attitude. It is now commonly accepted in scientific circles that happier people are healthier people.

It has been said that the life we have is in our head and we know this is true as we sometimes meet people in life who have been through terrible ordeals but their gratitude for still being alive allows them to live a beautiful life. We have the opportunity to view life as the “glass half empty” or the “glass half full.” I am reminded of a little story which I first read in the Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.

It is the story of the farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbours sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this was very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?

Who knows?

We cannot control the thoughts that come into our heads but we can prevent them from making a resting place by replacing them with a positive thought. There is a branch of psychology known as Positive Psychology which is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Our Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) today is designed to help you create contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. This does not come naturally (to most people) but it is a choice to view life positively and takes practice to create.

In this week’s Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) we suggest creating  an environment in which this can be done – by surrounding ourselves with other positive people. We also need to reduce our exposure to negative thinking. A survey of watching news on TV was taken and the results show below:

Question: Watching the news on TV makes me…

  • happier – 3%
  • less happy – 32%
  • no effect – 19%
  • depressed – 46%

The results speak for itself. Visual messages are extremely powerful. Negative news sells! It also creates fear, which creates negativity, which creates depression which creates……………………..

By using some of the ideas suggested in this weeks Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) you are all ready making improvements to your health.

Take a moment to recall yourself at a time in life when you felt happiest.

Write a little story about this time and reflect on the personal strengths you displayed in the story and the happiness you felt at that time.

During the coming week, review this story every day and reflect on that happiness.

Doing this for thirty days will, of course, be much more powerful, but could we still call it Ridiculously Simple?

Your comments and suggestions are invited on this blog post.  Thankyou

Dr Richard McMinn Chiropractors Hove

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Andy Bradley September 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I love this thinking – thankyou for the reminder, the simplicity and the optimism. I refer directly to the work of Martin Seligman most days and now ask all of the groups i work with to complete the Signature Strenghts survey. We then integrate the values the group are aiming to live with the strengths that each member brings and hey presto – energy!
I would love to explore these connections in more depth – we have tried before but maybe now is the time!
Warm regards and thanks

Julia King September 30, 2009 at 6:44 am

Hi there!

I loved this communication! Certainly if you cut down your exposure to TV, radio and certain internet communications and become highly selective as to what you read and listen to less anxiety and worry will be experienced. We can keep abreast of current affairs through summaries in the weekend papers. Much of the daily news is violent in content, depressing and encourages fearfulness. If you must read the paper leave it to as late in the day as possible. In this way you can start the day with a chance of a sunny happy outlook. Julia King, Life Coach.

Zam Walker September 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

Being a cancer traveller (I dislike the term ‘survivor’ as I it implies that cancer is forever behind me and I have seen too many who feel a failure if cancer reappears) I know both through personal experience and through research how important choosing to be positive is. The psychotherapist Viktor Frankl wrote “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” As a Christian minister I believe that the key to my faith is that life and love are stronger than death, that as we are loved so we should love others and ourselves – and positive attitude is crucial to this. And it is a choice.

Chiropractors Brighton September 30, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thankyou Andy, Julia and Zam for your comments which certainly add value to the content of the blog post. I am delighted that people are in fact reading our series of Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life).
If we can make a difference to anyone’s life by something we do or say we will have had a great day and thankyou again – you have all made a wonderful contribution to my day.
Karen xxx

jane Leclercq October 1, 2009 at 9:39 am

Karen. I am finding your small steps to be interesting and informative, and easy to remember (key concept). Could you possible address the concept of ‘letting go’ and acceptance of ourselves, as my clients (and myself!) find this so difficult. Everytime I can’t forgive myself or another, I carry it as a pain in my lower back. Best wishes Jane

seattle chiropractor January 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Too much stress can wreak havoc on your body and your mind. The easiest way to handle stress is to exercise regularly, avoid high sugar and high fat foods, have a positive mental attitude and get chiropractic adjustments regularly to keep your nervous system in shape.

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