DON’T know about you, but I love February. The days are getting a bit longer and I do love the brighter mornings and evenings. As I walked the dogs this morning I was thrilled to see that in sheltered spots around the lake the snowdrops and daffodils are poking their heads out.
The birds are busy, noisily calling for mates, and once the blue tits in the garden have finished feasting on the peanuts we put out it won’t be long before their thoughts turn to nest-building.
It all means Spring’s not far away and that fills me with joy.
Which is good, because scientists have discovered that positive happy thoughts have a hugely-beneficial effect on our wellbeing.
Being happy with life has the power to boost our immune system and calm our heart rates, according to research I read in the journal Clinical Psychological Science last week.
As you might know, positive psychology is at the core of the Slimpod programme, so it was good to see a study explore the physical side of positive thinking and not just the mental health side.
The snowdrops I saw today
By being kind to ourselves we feel relaxed and safe, and this lowers our heart rate. Because this switches off what’s called our subconscious threat response, we boost our immune system and give ourselves a better chance of healing.
What’s not to like? So let’s all give ourselves a break, stop being self-critical, treat ourselves kind and think happy, positive thoughts about all the wonders that surround us.
Let’s look for things which inspire us and help us feel great, because that’s definitely the way to go!
Over the past week we’ve had a lot of positivity going on in Slimpod Club and I thought I’d share some of it with you to inspire you as we head into a new week.
If you’re part of our Facebook group you’ll know it’s a very positive place to be and you might recognise some of the quotes (but not the faces, which we’ve pixellated):
Then Ros posted:
Finally Carol posted:
Reading about these Slimpodders’ happiness is infectious – I know it fills my heart with joy – so this week I’d love you to reflect on all the positive things in your life.
For some of you they may only be small changes, but you know they are building into something bigger, so smile and be happy.
And if you’re a recent starter and your Slimpod is still working away on the inside so you haven’t noticed real differences yet, that means you’ve got a lot of happy times to look forward to.
Keep posting your successes in Slimpod Club everyone! And why not post them here too in the Comments?