Looking to capture the magic of revitalize throughout the year? mindbodygreen is launching the brand-new #mbgrevitalize Supper Series tonight to gather together our community and continue the conversations advancing wellness. Hosted by thought leaders Samantha Boardman, M.D., actress Kelly Rutherford, and mbg CEO Jason Wachob in Brooklyn, the evening will center on positivity—its power to heal, transform, and deepen wellness. Tune in to Facebook at 6:45 p.m. EST to catch the whole conversation live, and come back to mbg tomorrow for behind-the-scenes highlights. Let’s move the wellness conversation from me, my, I to You. We. All!
Why positivity as the subject for the inaugural Supper Series? Because positivity is not a Pollyanna notion, a mood to fake if you're trying to mask frustration or sadness. An optimistic outlook is a wellness tool with the power to heal the body and soothe the mind, one proven by science and championed by holistic thought leaders.
A 2016 study out of the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health found that over an eight-year period, women with optimistic outlooks had a lower chance of dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and infection. "While most medical and public health efforts today focus on reducing risk factors for diseases, evidence has been mounting that enhancing psychological resilience may also make a difference," explained study co-author Eric Kim. "Our new findings suggest that we should make efforts to boost optimism, which has been shown to be associated with healthier behaviors and healthier ways of coping with life challenges."
Living longer isn't the only positive outcome of optimism. Another study conducted by Barbara Fredrickson, a positivity psychology researchers at the University of North Carolina, concluded that when people experience positive emotions—joy, contentment, and love, to name a few—you're more likely to see your life as full of possibility.
Positivity isn't a quality you have or don't have, it's a skill you can hone, a muscle you can build. Here are four ways to start a positivity practice: