by Justin Standfield
No. 6 They nourish their bodies.
Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of ‘positive psychology’, spent years observing how people’s perspectives affect their health. He found that many people with negative attitudes believe that bad things happen to them because they made a mistake in one way or another. They see the worst possibilities in every event, a thought process known as ‘catastrophising’. This attitude frequently triggers hormonal or immune system shifts, which can put them at greater risk of illness. Those with a more upbeat reaction to stress enjoy better health and less depression; our reaction to stressors depends on how we view them. In addition, mindful people tend to sleep better, have more settled breathing patterns, enjoy a boosted immune system and possess healthier eating habits. Mindfulness contributes to a meaningfully-engaged life and more physical (and psychological) resilience.