In 1985, my mother died from metastatic uterine cancer. Several weeks before the last stretch of her journey home, as she called it, one of my siblings said, “Mom, this is a case of mind over matter!” My mother placed her hand on my sibling’s arm, and said, “Sweetie, if it was ever a case of mind over matter, mind lost a long time ago!”
A friend told me today that he “liked my new attitude”, and that he felt my health would improve along with my disposition. In truth, I have about four medical conditions episodes of which can be triggered by stress. Grumpiness, and attitudes causing grumpiness, fall squarely in the stress category.
If negativity can be hazardous to your health, and lack of negativity can be beneficial to your health, I’m betting that a positive outlook can be beneficial to your health! And now that I think of it, my mom smiled even as she conceded that the cancer had “won”. She didn’t have a negative attitude — she had cancer!