Studies link optimism to good health

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DENVER -- We all face challenges in life that can really get us down, but medical experts say how you handle it can make all the difference when it comes to your health.

Studies conducted by Harvard University and the University of Illinois show people with an upbeat, can-do attitude can be up to  75% more likely to have healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Health experts say they are also less likely to have heart attacks, more likely to maintain an active lifestyle  and tend not to smoke or use illegal drugs.

Dr. Annette Nunez, a psychotherapist, says the mind- body connection is a strong one and explains, “when we think negatively sometimes we slump, we're not motivated to work out  or  get out of bed or take a shower so something like just putting a smile on your face can help.”

Taking the focus off of failures and shortcomings can be especially important if you want to avoid an overload of turmoil in relationships.

It isn’t always easy to see the glass half full, especially when you are battling feelings of emptiness inside.

Doctors say seeking professional counseling can help.

Dr. Nunez says it is possible to find something to be positive about even in the face of serious life challenges and adds, “it may not make sense if something tragic is happening in your life but right now it is making you stronger mentally.”

She offers this advice to her clients, “wake up with an intention to say I am going to do something nice for somebody or eat something healthy or say something nice to make them feel good.  I have an intention every single day that makes me feel good about myself.”

Therapists say it’s a great idea to reach out to family and friends for an extra boost, so everyone can accentuate the positive and lead a happier healthier life.

For more information about promoting positivity in your life you can contact Dr. Annette Nunez at http://www.btinterventions.com/home/dr_annette_nunez or call her at (720) 341-2324 .

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