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Look on the bright side – it’s more fun

A positive attitude can be good for health in every way. Research suggests that people with a positive outlook may be more likely to have better health, more fun, and a longer life.

For people with osteoarthritis, there’s yet another reason to be an optimist – it can help you stay active and independent. Indeed, there is evidence that a positive attitude can help people better face the challenges of living with osteoarthritis.

But if you think that the benefits of optimism are limited to a lucky few, think again. Positive thinking can be learnt. With practice you can teach yourself to look at events and challenges differently and, as a result, have a positive influence on the events in your life.

‘Self-talk’ is the internal conversation you have with yourself all the time. It’s a good idea to stop and look at your self-talk – and see whether it is limiting the way you are living your life.

Here are some examples of how negative self-talk can be changed to positive self-talk.

Negative self-talk

Positive self-talk

I can’t do it. I’ve never done it before

It’s an opportunity to do something new

I don’t want to go out with friends as I get home late in the dark

I'll ask them if we can meet up earlier

I won't go away with the family for the long weekend as it's a long way away from the nearest town

It's probably a beautiful place and I might have a relaxing time

 

 

You can see how positive self-talk is part of a positive attitude to life. And one thing can lead to another. With a positive outlook there is a greater likelihood that you will take up activities or invitations you might have dismissed previously. A positive attitude can open up doors to new areas of life and give you the self-confidence to continue to pursue your goals and desires.