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Like Second-Hand Smoke

Hello and Happy Healthy Hump Day once again! Is it just me or is there an uptick in interest to get and be more healthy? I listen to a lot of podcasts and it's a hot topic. My theory is that when the pandemic hit we became increasingly aware how important it was to boost our immune systems. Healthier people seemed to be making it through while others who were compromised didn't stand as much of a chance. What we also started to notice more was how many components contributed to our well-being including eating better, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Most of us know about those ingredients for good health, but one that's overlooked is a positive outlook and mindset.

As a mother-baby nurse, I often counsel new parents about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Any of us can suffer adverse effects from cigarettes without ever lighting up. In much the same way, we can also feel the negative effects of someone's despair or pessimism. We've all experienced the "need" to yawn when observing someone else in the act. The same thing happens when we catch another person's anxiety, stress or even uncertainty.

There's good news, though! Simply by smiling at someone, even from 10 feet away, can spread cheer. Saying "hello" or "hi" from a few feet away sends out a friendly vibe that has a positive effect. This kind of social connection can be as much of a contributor toward healthy, happy living as disease can be to our debilitation. We have more influence on those around us than we imagine. When we display optimism and calmness it will rub off on those in our vicinity.

For our own optimal health and as a bonus to others, it's a good idea to find ways to feel centered. Then, instead of worrying about the effects of our second-hand distress, we can project cheerfulness and enthusiasm for life. As always, be care-full!

If you're having a hard time spreading positive feelings -- if you're stressed, tired, not sleeping well, and experiencing the fall-out from the pandemic, I can help. Send me an email and we'll talk.

Happy Healthy Habit Hump Day,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager whose mission is to co-create a happier, healthier life with and for others.

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