Research has identified four main characteristics that make some people luckier than others in their lives. Apply these same principles to your health and you'll improve your luck today.
Make the Most of Random Opportunities
Picture the events of your life on a spectrum, with chance at one end and control at the other, and most things playing out somewhere in between. The goal is to nudge yourself incrementally toward control. And the most obvious way to do that is to seize every random opportunity, big or small. To apply this principle to influence your "luck in health" take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the dog an extra block, or take the opportunity to sign up for a health event (e.g., 5K walk, 10K run, etc.).
Act on Lucky Hunches
If you are feeling good and you are ready to head out for your regular exercise routine, just do it. If you are not feeling "right", it may mean your body needs a rest or that there is some other reason that you should skip your routine for the day. You should never disregard a gut feeling or suspicion. Your lucky hunches are there to protect you and your health.
Expect Good Fortune
Positive thinking tends to lead to positive results. On the surface, it sounds like common sense ("Just smile!") but that's the beauty of it. By putting yourself in a positive mind frame, positivity comes back to you. For example, you walk by someone in the grocery store and smile. The smile puts the other person at ease and they smile back. And now-without a word spoken-both of you will have a better day. On the other hand, poor expectations and a furrowed brow might have ruined your day and the other person's from the outset.
Turn Bad Luck into Good
We all should be grateful for our bad luck, at least some of it, anyway. Bad luck often motivates or even forces us to make positive changes in our lives. Maybe you "tweaked" your back moving furniture but through your physical therapy you were inspired to start a regular exercise regimen. Now you are more fit than you have been in your life. Admittedly, sometimes it's just a matter of holding on through bad fortune and waiting for the good.
Just remember, you have the control to create your own "luck in health".
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