WHERE: KareBoost Health (107 Cedar Grove, Suite 100, Somerset, NJ 08873)
TIME: Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7pm
We have all of heard of the “Power of Positive Thinking”, but perhaps you have wondered if there is any scientific basis to it, and if so, how you can apply it to your daily life. Today we will explore how thinking positively can actually affect your health and happiness.
1. Gratitude influences your brain. In a 2008 study, scientists found that being thankful influences your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that influences sleep, eating and stress. Gratitude also stimulates the part of the brain associated with dopamine production, which is responsible for the creation of new learning pathways.
2. Kindness leads to happiness. Whether you volunteer for a charity or offer to help out a friend in need, caring has benefits for not only the recipient but also the caregiver. People who volunteer on a regular basis report better psychological wellness, such as fewer symptoms of depression and higher life-satisfaction.
3. You are what you think. A part of your brain called the Reticular Activation Sytems (RAS), influences the way you look at the world. When you take action and make changes, you refine your RAS to accommodate these actions. If you continually take positive actions, such as volunteering, your view of the world begins to change.
4. Happy Hour really is happy! It is easy to put friendships behind work, family life and other responsibilities. But people who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier, and having people you can confide in helps relieve feelings of stress and depression. Calling a good friend, even for a few minutes once a week, can greatly influence your health.
5. Exercise is uplifting. If you are having a hard time feeling positive or finding something to be grateful for, try moving. Exercise has been found to have a large clinical impact on depression. Even a short walk or some gentle movement can greatly affect your mood. Find a form of exercise you look forward to doing- even a gentle hatha yoga class will do wonders for your body and mind.
Incorporating small changes can lead to big results, and having a source of support can help you make these changes. If you are looking for holistic health services, check out KareBoost for yoga classes, nutrition counseling and more!
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Kara Unal JD, RYT
Greg Bing, M.Ed., Certified Personal Trainer