In an article titled Do Positive People Live Longer? David Hamilton reports on studies that show that positive people do indeed live longer. He gives the following advice:
How do we turn our minds to more positive things? Counting blessings is a simple way. Make a list of five to ten things that you are grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours, and do this every day for a month. Or challenge yourself to go three weeks without complaining, moaning, or criticizing.
Or do you have a tendency to "make mountains out of molehills"? If so, try out the opposite just for a week. Try making molehills out of mountains.
Read full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-r-hamilton-phd/positive-people-live-long_b_774648.html
Anyone who has heard Rabbi Paysach Krohn speak may have heard him offering the same sage wisdom. He advises people in the audience to think of five positive things in their lives when reciting the prayer of Modim anachnu Lach (we give thanks to You) in the daily amidah.
Speaking of Paysach Krohn, below is a one minute clip about what made Moshe a great leader. Appropriate for an election day in which we are choosing new leaders.