HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Are you a "glass-is-half-full" person or "glass-is-half-empty" person? The answer to this age-old question could be the answer to whether you are an optimistic or pessimistic person. It can also determine how you allow stress to affect you. According to Mayo Clinic researchers, positive thinking can play a key role in helping you manage your stress level. Researchers are continuing to explore the side effects of positive thinking, which can include: increased life span, lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. I recently attended the Area Development Partnership annual luncheon, where the featured speaker was best-selling author, Jon Gordon. Jon had a great message, but what stood out most to me was his enthusiasm for staying positive and actively working against the negative in your life. He encouraged us to come up with a positive word for the New Year and whenever you are thinking about being negative, think of that word. I am still working on my word. What's yours? I think we and our community could benefit from more positive thinking in the New Year.
This is today's viewpoint.