Senior Moments: Your Mind is Your Greatest Asset

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By Felicia Wiseman | NB Indy

I believe that simplicity is the highest form of truth, creativity and sophistication. Have you heard of the K.I.S.S. motto, “Keep it simple, stupid?”

Positive thinking is more than just a tag line; it changes the way we behave. Positive thinking turns obstacles into opportunities.

Remember, whatever game, relationship, or work effort you do, 90 percent of success is from the shoulders up. Your mind is your greatest asset.

The following has been attributed to Ghandi:

“Watch your thoughts for they become your words. Watch your words for they become your actions. Watch your actions for they become your habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”

Dale Carnegie said the most important lesson he has ever learned was “the stupendous importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are, for your thoughts make you what you are. By changing our thoughts, we change our lives.”

In other words, the mind and will to succeed often determines our success. Stay positive and be honest with people. Engage with something that is meaningful to you.

And, your mind can heal your body. Research shows that your outlook and belief can show being altruistic and optimistic and feeling positive about your fellow man can produce physical health, including a reduction in heart attack risk and even a longer life. It starts with charity.

As an example, I have been involved with The Friendship Circle from the ground up.

The Friendship Circle, addressing special needs people, is an example of love in action. It takes very little effort to help a whole lot of people.

Should you desire to know more, please call (949) 721-9800 or visit the website at FriendshipCircleOC.org.

Please keep in mind, gratitude is essential to happiness. Lasting happiness comes from within.

Dr. Mason Turner, director for mental health services for the Permanente Group in Northern California, gives us tips that are all within our control:

–Remember a pleasant event.

–Find something to laugh about.

–Share.

–Spend time doing something you enjoy.

–Express kindness.

–Volunteer to help someone.

It is important to focus away from yourself, and offer help. Let the sunshine in! Stop spending time and energy on things that don’t matter so much.

As a result, you can really focus on the people and causes you love. I believe this is part or a road map to a healthier and richer life.

Spread enthusiasm around. Encouraging words have tremendous power. Things you hear and read affect your actions. Listening is a critical skill in everyone’s life. If you want to be heard, you must know how to listen.

If you have comments you’d like to share, please email me at [email protected], or write to me care of the Newport Beach Independent.

Or come meet me on Tuesday morning, June 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Champagne’s Bistro and Deli, 1260 Bison Ave. Our handsome editor, Christopher Trela, will be meeting and greeting too (lucky me!).

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