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Lisa R. Yanek from Johns Hopkins found that people with a family history of heart disease, who also had a positive outlook on life were two thirds less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within 5 to 25 years than those without a positive outlook. 


This study held true even with people with a family history who had the highest risk factors for coronary artery disease and positive people from the general population were 13% less likely than their negative counterparts to have a heart attack or other coronary event. 


The study was conducted by determining positive vs negative outlook using a survey tool that assesses a person’s cheerfulness, energy levels, anxiety levels, and satisfaction with their health and overall life. 


Researchers suspect that people who are more positive may be better protected against the inflammatory damage of stress. Hope and positivity help people make better health choices and life decisions, and focus on more long-term goals. Studies also find that negativity can weaken the immune system. Additional studies have found that a positive attitude improves outcomes and life satisfaction across a spectrum of conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and brain tumors. 


A University of Kansas study found that smiling, even fake smiling- reduces heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations. People are born with a positive outlook on life. If you struggle with having a positive outlook on life there are actions you can take. Reframe the situation to still see the good. Adopt a habit of resiliency. Resiliency is defined as the ability to adapt to stressful or negative situations and losses. This can be accomplished by maintaining a good relationship with family and friends. Accepting that change is part of life. Taking an active approach to problems instead of just hoping they disappear. 


The staff at Integrated/Fowler Chiropractic has a lot of gratitude and we use this positive outlook on life to spreading joy to our patients.  We truly love interacting with our patients. That is what sets our practice apart. Yes, we are a health clinic, but we treat our patients like family. We do our best to run on time. If we are running late, we let our patients know in advance. We are honest people. Dr. Fowler is always learning so he can stay updated on the latest research. 


We love getting to know our patients and seeing families. We celebrate when your child wins a soccer match of gets accepted into their dream school. We genuinely care about the people we interact with on a daily basis. One of the reasons this job is so rewarding is seeing the positive impact our clinic has on the lives of others. 


Dr. Fowler is regular “Patch Adams”. He is known for making his patients laugh by quoting famous movie lines. Dr. Fowler loves to tell funny stories because happiness helps the body heal faster.  We wanted to remind you that there is still some good in this world and that there is still plenty to feel grateful for.


Source: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-power-of-positive-thinking 

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