One of Karate West’s favorite Life Skills is that of a “Positive Attitude.” This is for a variety of reasons. Not only can this life skill be incredibly influential and encourage success over the course of your life, but there are a variety of health benefits that have been linked to it as well! At Karate West, we promote self-defense, as well as personal fitness and growth. As part of our mission to help all of our students find the best in themselves, we’ve decided to emphasize the importance of positivity to the quality of your health. With this month’s blog, we will explore just how significant a positive attitude can be on the quality and longevity of your life.

Heart disease is a major killer of adults throughout the world. That’s why one study conducted in 2013 decided to focus on hospital patients affected by the disease to test its hypothesis that there may be a direct effect on the heart in those who expressed more positive attitudes. Researchers analyzed 607 patients, and out of those patients, those who expressed more positivity had a lower risk of death for up to five years. However, as patients who remained positive were also more likely to exercise, researchers were unable to identify positivity as the direct cause of prolonged life. It was concluded that the combination of these factors may have resulted in the patients’ healthier living.

It’s no secret that regular exercise has a wide range of benefits. Our April blog post on the importance of fitness explains that it can provide us with lower blood pressure, stronger bones and muscles, and even a reduced risk of depression or anxiety. What is most exciting about the 2013 study is that it suggests positivity may be just the thing you need in order to get into better shape, and the best part is that you get to feel great doing it too!

Right now, it remains unclear if having a positive attitude is the direct cause of improved health, but there is evidence to show that people who stay positive also exercise more frequently and that the combination of the two can lead to a healthier and longer life. So, the only thing that may be holding you back from your best self could be your outlook on life.

As for how to get on the positivity cycle, you need only take time to do the things that make you happy. Try spending more time with people whose company you enjoy or who are positive influences on your mood. Maybe you might even find a like-minded friend at Karate West.


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