A positive attitude does more than just improve your mood. Optimism is healing. Optimism may help you to be resilient, healthy, and help you to connect with others. Having a hard time staying positive? Start with simple steps: meditate, focus on the positive things in any negative situation and write down what you think of. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how optimism helps you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Weight Management: Stop Negative Thoughts
It can be hard to get to and stay at a healthy weight. It takes healthy eating and regular exercise. These can be hard changes to make. But you can help yourself succeed just by thinking that you can succeed. If you tell yourself negative things-"I can't do this. Why bother?"-change will be harder. But if you encourage yourself with thoughts like "I can do this," you can raise your odds of ...
Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts
Depression is an illness that makes a person feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different than feeling a little sad or down. Depression can be treated with counseling or medicine,or both. Positive thinking also can help prevent or control depression. If you have thoughts of harming yourself or others,you need to see your doctor or therapist right away. Positive thinking can help ...
Anxiety: Stop Negative Thoughts
Anxiety is having too much fear and worry. Some people have what's called generalized anxiety disorder. They feel worried and stressed about many things. Often they worry about even small things. Some people also may have panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden feeling of extreme anxiety. People who have social anxiety disorder worry that they will do or say the wrong thing and embarrass ...
10 Tips to Help You Become More Resilient
Some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease. It’s a trait that experts call resilience. Here are 10 things to focus on.
Doing Good Really Is Good for You
Volunteering may help you live longer and better, research shows.
Is a Positive Attitude Tied to Your Happiness?
Can a glass-half-full positive outlook make you happy?
Can Music Boost Your Brain Power?
Music does more than make you snap your fingers. Can it improve your brain function?
Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
An expert discusses diet, exercise, mental preparation, and rapid weight loss.
Learn about how brain training may help with cognitive development in children and adults.
The Humor Connection
Peter McGraw, PhD, humor expert, studies comedians to learn what people find funny, and discusses humor as a force for social connection.
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Quiz: Myths and Facts About Your Moods
Shake the blues with this quiz about your moods.
Good Deeds and Your Health
Giving isn’t just good for your soul. It’s good for your body, too. Test your knowledge about what giving back can do for you.
Happiness Quiz: Test Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)
How happy are you? Test your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) with a happiness quiz from WebMD.
Stress Quiz: Who Gets It, How to Beat It
Insomnia. Headaches. Stress affects your health in many ways. See how much you know about stress, who gets it, and how to beat it with our quiz.