Positively speaking

By Philip Case Published:

How about a day to be totally positive in our thoughts, deeds, and words?

No complaining about the boss, the job, gas prices, President Bush, the war in Iraq provide your own list. For just one day each of us works toward being 100 percent positive!

Sound impossible? It may be, but maybe its worth a try.

A couple of weeks ago I received one of the seemingly zillion junk e-mails I get each day. Most, like the junk that comes via snail-mail, I delete without ever opening. But for some reason this ones subject line caught my eye: April 27th Positive Energy Day.

It came from Daniel Decker at Daniel@JonGordon.com and it seemed as if Mr. Decker was positing an interesting notion.

He wrote:

In todays fast-paced, high stress society, wouldnt it be great if a day were devoted to cultivating positive thoughts, positive emotions, and overall positive energy in both adults and in children? In our schools, homes, and places of work? A day that would release us from the Energy Vampires that drain our lives and help us better equip ourselves to overcome fear, stress, and negativity?

Since I try but often fail at being a positive person, Decker caught my attention. He continued:

Imagine a day with: no negative office gossip, no negative comments, no road rage, no yelling, no self-doubt.

Ive maintained, rather half-heartedly I must admit sometimes, that there are positive and negative vibrations all around us.

For instance, Ive always believed theres not enough positive energy in Lexington and surrounding environs for the University of Kentucky to have both winning basketball and football programs. Maybe if we all thought positively then Rich Brooks football team could become a BCS contender!

Positive thinking, good thoughts and the like have been clinically proven to be better on the body than negative thinking and thoughts.

What happens to you when you get mad or upset? Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, your face turns red and perhaps other physical manifestations occur.

But when you have a good, positive thought, well you just feel better. And as Decker says, positive energy is scientifically proven to create beneficial results.

And hes calling on us to think good thoughts on Thursday, Global Positive Energy Day!

Were encouraging all citizens to join in supporting the effort to cultivate and share positive energy in our schools, offices, neighborhoods and communities. Just a day that inspires love, kindness, compassion, positive energy, smiles, compliments and goodwill towards our fellow man, says Jon Gordon, co-founder of PEP The Positive Energy Program, a nonprofit 501c3 organization which created the Positive Energy Day.

Gordon continues:

PEPs mission is to create, support, promote and implement programs that help develop healthy, positive children. We believe in a whole child philosophy that in raising and teaching healthy, positive children we must focus on the whole child.

Like adults, children are mental, physical, and emotional beings and as parents and teachers we need to address and develop all these areas of their lives.

So there you have it: Being positive is beneficial for both adults and children. And Thursday is Global Positive Energy Day.

Im going to give it a real try. How about you?


The problem for kids

1. Children are not getting enough physical activity.

Theyre playing video games instead of playing outside. Theyre watching television and surfing the Internet instead of walking and running. On average kids, ages 8-18 devote six hours and 21 minutes a day or 44 hours a week to screen time (television, computer, video games). (Kaiser Family Foundation)

2. Children are being served fake foods instead of whole foods.

Instead of fruit bowls children are being given candy bowls. Instead of foods that come from nature (whole foods) children are consuming food made in factories (fake foods) with chemicals, food additives and toxins.

3. Children are drinking soda instead of water.

Their bodies are made up of 70 percent water, not soda. Water is what nature intended us to drink. In a Harvard University Study 12-year-olds who drank soft drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight than those who didnt.

4. Children are faced with more pressure at school without being taught the tools to deal with it.

With the increasing pressure and demands of standardized tests on students, parents and teachers, children are often viewed as a number and dollar sign that must perform for school to receive their federal and state funds. We are becoming a society that looks at children as dollar signs instead of whole people. This growing pressure takes its toll on the childs emotional health and development that affects behavior, brain development, learning and future health and success.

5. Negative emotions, lack of exercise and fake foods are affecting our childrens mental, physical and emotional development and health.

As parents and teachers we need to get back to the basics of teaching children positive, and healthy habits. It all starts with us and we can make a difference one child at a time.

The problem for

adults and companies

Heath Care costs in the United States are more than $1 trillion annually but preventable illnesses account for approximately 70 percent of the illnesses and related costs.

90 percent of doctor visits are stress related.

80 percent of workers feel stress on the job; nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. (Gallup Poll)

Evidence is mounting to suggest that worksite health promotion programs can yield positive changes in employee health behavior and health status . reductions in absenteeism and turnover and improvements in employee morale and satisfaction. (Journal of the American Medical Association)

According to a survey of 800,000 workers in over 300 companies, the number of employees calling in sick because of stress tripled from 1996 to 2000. An estimated one million workers are absent every day because of stress. Unanticipated absenteeism is estimated to cost American companies $602.00/worker/year and the price tag for large employers could approach $3.5 million annually. (The American Institute of Stress)

Depression costs U.S. employers over $44 billion per year mostly in absenteeism and lost productivity. (NPR)

Chronic diseases related to lifestyle account for 70 percent of the nation's medical costs. (New England Journal of Medicine)

For many companies, medical costs can consume half, or more, of company profits. (Wellness Council of America)

The Gallop Organization estimates that negativity in the workplace equates to $300 billion in lost productivity.

Between 1997 and 2001, three groups of patients were selected by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota based on their high utilization of healthcare services. John McDougall provided them with lifestyle improvement training. Participants experienced a 44 percent annual reduction in health care costs, as compared to non-participants, who experienced a 12 percent increase during the same period.

For more information, visit www.PositiveEnergyDay.com

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