What personal attributes can benefit my health?

Research suggests that certain personal attributes can benefit health. Whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances, certain personal attributes help some people avoid or positively manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and depression. These include:
  • Emotional vitality: A sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement.
  • Optimism: The perspective that good things will happen and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life.
  • Supportive networks: Social contact with networks of family and friends.
  • Self-regulation: Bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess and regular overeating.

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Emotional Health

How well you handle stress, anger, relationships, work, family life-it all factors into your emotional health. Finding balance in life-as well as peace of mind-helps us cope with life's ups and downs. Take time to explore new ways ...

to find stress relief, and to release anxiety, and unhappiness. Counseling can help-as can a gratitude journal.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.