Las Vegas, Nevada
Asia heads south of Las Vegas to escape the busy city and catch mountain views from a dry lake bed.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the road and exploring in 2021. Traveling has been a big part of my life up until last year, so I can’t wait to take in the energy of new surroundings again.”
New York City, New York
Friends Dipayan and Erik stroll through Fort Tryon Park, drawn in by the view of the New Jersey Palisades cliffs and Hudson River. Dipayan reflects,
“I’m looking forward to celebrating all the birthdays, anniversaries, and achievements that were deferred in 2020; being able to share those important moments in person, with my important people.”
“Americans are remarkably resilient,” Cook said. “After one of the most dismal, divisive years in recent memory, we have every reason to be pessimistic about where things are headed, but somehow we are renewed by our shared optimism.”
The center analyzed responses from 1,087 people representing a cross-section of the U.S. Census; additional results are included in the 2021 Relevance Report.
Dr. Jill Carnahan, Gives A Few Tips To Increase hope An focus on resilience to impact your health.
(Defining Hope and Resilience)
To understand exactly how these feelings relate to your health, it’s important to understand exactly what hope and resilience are.
- Hope is defined as an optimistic state of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes when dealing with life’s various circumstances.
- Resilience is defined as the ability to recover or “bounce back” from hardship, stress, and negative events without succumbing to despair.
These two emotions go hand in hand. But hope and resilience aren’t just an emotional state, they’re also a mindset – or a collection of thoughts and beliefs that guide you. And it turns out that tapping into and strengthening this mindset can have a colossal impact on your health.
How You Can Build More Hope and Resilience in Your Life:
- Nurture Healthy Relationships:
As human beings, we need connection and love to thrive. And the people and energy we surround ourselves with play a critical role in our health and mindset – so it’s important to be particular about who’s in your inner circle. Surround yourself with people who support and nurture you and allow you to just be you. Having others to lean on and infuse us with their own positive energy is a powerful way to borrow positivity when ours is running low.
- Choose Your Thoughts Intentionally:
No one will coach you more than the voice in your head. And if the thoughts that play on repeat in your head all day are negative, it can make it hard to stay optimistic. Practice intentionally choosing thoughts that support you and foster a positive attitude. Read my article on How the Power of the Subconscious Mind Can Heal you.
- Make Plans and Take Action:
Waiting around and being reactive to the circumstances of life can make you feel hopeless and powerless. But setting goals, making a plan, and then taking daily action to achieve those goals – that leaves you feeling in control and empowered. Feeling like you’re in the driver’s seat and making progress in your life play a huge role in cultivating a hopeful and resilient outlook.
(How Exactly Hope and Resilience Impact Your Health)
Saying that a sunny and positive outlook is good for your health isn’t just speculation. Research has uncovered some impressive findings regarding just how much your perspective can affect your overall health and ability to heal. Research has proven that people who possess hope and resiliency have:
- A stronger immune system – making them less susceptible to infection and illness
- Healthier cardiovascular function – decreasing their risk of things like heart attacks and strokes
- Greater survival rates when diagnosed with life-altering diseases like cancer or AIDS
- Lower levels of inflammatory markers (like c-reactive protein and interleukin-6)
- Increased longevity
You see, no matter how much modern medicine tries to compartmentalize our bodies and our health, the truth is our body, mind, and spirit are all one. And your thoughts, feelings, and overall outlook on life can have a massive influence on just how well your body is functioning.
“Only You Can Control Your, New Outlook Of The New Year. Its About Your Mentality, Spirituality, And Inner Strength.”