You just can’t help being in a good mood when you look up at the ceiling, put a great big smile on your face, open up your mouth and sing “Zip A Dee Doo Dah.” (thanks to Tony Robbins and his principle of CANI – Constant and Never Ending Improvement).
Here are a few more tips for Zapping Negativity -
1. Read some inspiring and motivating positive books - The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale or Everyday Positive Thinking by Louise Hay.
2. Keep a gratitude journal – it takes the focus and puts it on what you do have in your life, instead of what you don’t have.
3. Help somebody else. It’s hard to be mully-grubby and negative when you’re putting a smile on somebody else’s face who might be worse off then you imagine you are!
4. Keep company with positive people. Get rid of those negative energy vampires in your life and start hanging out with people who are positive and who feel good and who make you feel good!
5. Get enough sleep and get up early and face the day with a smile. Dragging yourself out of bed just drags you through the day – greet the day with a ready, set and go attitude!
6. Eat right and drink plenty of water. I had to say that! When your body is properly fueled and hydrated, you will feel energized all day – a great step on the way to positive thinking!
7. Sing a happy song! Zip a dee doo dah – it works – try it!
Don’t worry, be happy! It’s been years since Bobby McFerrin sang this song, but the message is still really important to your natural health and to your natural beauty.
Research has shown that optimistic people recover from sickness and wounds faster, they have healthier immune systems, and reduced risk of heart disease and a whole bunch of other natural health benefits. Smiling rather than frowning is good for your natural beauty, and as we’ve seen already – people who stop, breathe and meditate are much better off than those who don’t. (See M is for Meditation Moments of OMMMMM). Meditation can take the edge off worrying and give you some real moments of happiness.
What happens when you worry? Worrying can cause stress and anxiety and symptoms such as fatigue and sleeplessness, inability to concentrate, muscle aches and tension, dry mouth and difficulty swallowing, nausea and shortness of breath. All of these symptoms can lead to actual illness including digestive problems and cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
Optimism, or positive thinking, can turn your life around. Just putting a smile on your face can signal your brain to stop worrying and at least try to be happy. This will lower your blood pressure, make you like yourself and others a lot more, and extend your life by reducing your risks of heart attack and stroke.
So go on! What’s stopping you? Breathe. Relax. Smile. Don’t worry, be happy!