positive outlook can play an important role in helping to live a happier,
healthier and longer life. That is particularly important if you are facing a serious illness such as a cancer diagnosis.
As people age, it often takes more effort to
engage in physical and/or social activities. Yet those who participate in
physical activities are not only supporting good physical health, but also good
mental health as well.
people join group activities, they build important social relationships that
help them to feel connected and happier. Engaging in desired activities
with others and staying active into the later years is an important part of aging
well and staying healthy.
People who have
active minds and a positive outlook tend to live longer. Some people are
just naturally more optimistic while others have to work harder to respond
positively to situations.
While nothing can
fully prepare someone for a medical diagnosis such as cancer, working to stay
positive is very important while undergoing treatment. Even with a diagnosis of
mesothelioma , patients who try hard to maintain a positive attitude are
better equipped to fight the disease. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is actually
extremely prevalent in senior citizens, so when a diagnosis of a cancer like
this arises in life; how is someone mentally and physically supposed to deal
with such grim news?
Eating a healthy diet
and getting proper exercise are an important part of aging well and combating
illness and disease such as cancer. Along with these healthy
lifestyle habits , making a conscious effort to maintain a positive attitude
is a significant part of healthy aging.
Learning to have a
positive mental attitude can help to maintain a healthy energy level and mood.
Thinking positively also can improve stress management and coping skills,
and can increase confidence to provide the courage necessary to overcome
Regardless of the
situation, those who are driven to keep moving forward and strive to maintain a
positive attitude will generally have the best odds when working through
personal struggles including illness. Being surrounded by vibrant people
provides the support and motivation along the way. Staying connected to
others and engaging in enjoyable activities adds to a happy life through the
years and helps when coping with difficult situations faced on life’s journey.
Just because you may not be able to stay active like you once were in your
youthful years, don’t get discouraged. Healthy living resides truly in the
mind; a healthy mind creates a healthy person.
Don’t let anything take away from your happiness, even something as
alarming as cancer. As we age, one of the main things we have to look forward
to is our happiness. Grow in light, positivity and hope that the future will
always remain bright with love.
Melanie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. She also assists in social media outreach in my efforts to spread awareness. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.