Attitude and Recovery – Is Your Attitude Affecting Others?

You’ve heard the saying that attitude is everything or attitude is half the battle, but did you know that Attitude and Recovery go hand in hand when you are trying to overcome health problems? I could quote thousands of articles and research that show a direct connection to your attitude and how quickly you recover from things such as cold’s, the flu or even more traumatic health issues such as broken bones, strokes, heart attacks and the list goes on.

Is your attitude holding you back from a stronger or quicker recovery or is it making your life more miserable or more enjoyable?

Recovery with a Bad Attitude

The amount of research and scholarly reports on attitudes and health is enormous and is beyond the scope of what I would like to address today. We’ll save the hard stuff for later.

My personal experience living with or watching others around me dealing with health problems seems overwhelmingly Angerobvious. I don’t need doctors or scholars arguing about the details of their studies and if the data was taken correctly or if some other bias interfered with the conclusion.

The issue is, from my personal experience, that people with bad attitudes or who are hostile to those around them, struggle with more health issues or the time it takes to recover. Just think of situations in your own life where someone who is or was sick and was mad at everything and everyone. For one, it seems like they are always sick or want you to believe so and maybe more importantly, they drive family and friends away from them who may be part of their health care of even helping with clean up around the home.

Who wants to be around an angry person? So, someone may be able to make a case that angry people have the same amount of health problems as a happy person but what about health issues of a person with a bad attitude which can be directly linked to bad hygiene or mold and mildew in the home because no one wants to be around them to help clean up or maintain the home?

You can put all the arguments away and answer this question for yourself. Would you rather be around someone with a great attitude and positive outlook on life and would you be more willing to go out of your way to help them when they need help?

Yes – Recovery with a Great Attitude – Is Better

As I mentioned above, I could delve into the health articles to come up with support for this argument but instead of that, how about we look at some personal experience.

One stroke victim, we will refer to her as “Wonderful” and another wheel chair bound, physically challenged victim, we will refer to her as “Hateful”. Holding Hands

“Wonderful” has to be taken care of 24/7 and can’t eat, shower, go to the bathroom or do anything on her own without someone by her side every moment of the day. “Wonderful” is always positive to everyone around her and is rarely ever down. She can barely talk but if you make out her saying “how are you”?, your answer had better be Wonderful or Awesome. Even though she is difficult to talk to, everyone loves to be around her and does their very best to be supportive and helpful.

Upset“Hateful” is also physically challenged but not from a stroke. Her health problems are more to do with age and a lifetime of not taking care of herself, which has been followed by her body giving out. “Hateful” is always correcting most everything you say and is always changing the subject to something she is interested in. She doesn’t even care to listen to her own children or grandchildren. There is something obviously different when you walk into her house. The awful smell hits you in the face immediately and you can just watch how uncomfortable everyone is and then notice as they can’t wait to escape the place.

My point I want to make between these two women is this. They are similar in many ways, growing up in loving families, having a long life, and also having similar physically challenging problems, however, their situations couldn’t be more different. Both husbands are wonder, loving and caring men and both have been married for decades to these women, yet there is an obvious difference in how people feel and react when walking into these homes.

Please let me add one more piece of information. Neither of these women are recovering. They are trying to physically recover but no significant recovery is evident.

Dealing with Your Health Problems

I guess I should have labeled this article something more like, Living with Your Health Problems – How Do You Want to Live?

I believe being positive helps with your recovery but it also helps as you are dealing with things, whether you are recovering or not. There are things we can all do to improve how we treat people and how we live. The first thing is to recognize that changes need to be made and then start dealing with them one at a time.

How Can You Switch to a Great Attitude?

Here are some things you can do to start making changes found in Harvard Medical School.

  • Don’t dwell on your age – A positive outlook on age may increase your life span.
  • Focus on what is most important – Chose to deal first with important issues and life may become a little less stressful.
  • Practice mindfulness – Practice living in the moment and try not to be so judgmental.
  • Keep a sense of purpose – Even later in life, you can start something new or volunteer to help others.

Pick one thing from the list above and start making a change.

The Injuries Are Different – But You Have Control

Every situation in life is different but the bottom line is, we all have to learn to live with, cope with, or recover from things in our lives.

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How we choose to deal with life will have a profound effect on ourself and others around us. Don’t find yourself looking back on life and wishing you had done it better.

Start making the change now.





10 thoughts on “Attitude and Recovery – Is Your Attitude Affecting Others?”

  1. Nice article Rick. I agree with you that attitude matters when it comes to recovery whether from health issues or any other kind of issue or loss in your life. I am asthmatic since my early childhood and definitely positive attitude helps you recover faster and it also gives hope and strength to your near and dear ones.

    • I learned from my mom about how important a great attitude is when faced with challenging issues in life. She has to be taken care of 24/7 by my father and they both have to find ways to stay positive and find hope now and for the future also.

  2. hi rick. great article.

    I know much persons with bad attitudes, and they don’t accept it, when you tell them to change their attitude. I will definitely how your post to someone I know and hope he will understand what I mean.

    thanks a lot for this article, it helped me a lot.

    • That’s great. It’s hard to have a good attitude sometimes, but especially when life has you down with a major problem. I have just learned so much from watching my mother and her mother as they not only had a wonderful spirit and attitude in the good times but also in the bad times. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. I have to admit i personall do have a bad temper and can get quite heated up easily which results in a bad attitude to others. It gets worst when i actually fall sick but through experiences, I realized that the best medicine is by staying positive and look at life in a different perspective. This article really brought up my nasty bad attitude that i eventually was able to control over time and easen my relationships with those around me as well

    • That is so encouraging to hear. I know I can get down sometimes and I really have to struggle with being positive when I am stuck in traffic. Sorry, I digressed a little there.

      Sometimes I wonder if some people are just born with a bad attitude but it’s nice to know, no matter our life experiences, we can always choose to change our attitude.

  4. It is just so amazing on how having a positive attitude can really affect you in a good way despite what you may have goon through health wise. The brain is so powerful and what we dwell on whether positive or negative can really make the difference in how fast we recovery. I am sure that there are persons that need this kind of information that you are sharing.

    • Recovery time and the strength of the recovery is something I want to research more in the future. I have always heard that being positive, laughing, or on the other side, being negative, can impact you physically. This seems to ring true to me but I would like to dig deeper into that.

      There are millions of people that are in danger of having a stroke or have had one, including me, and you’re right that there are a lot of us who need to learn more about how to deal with this and to help prevent strokes from happening.

  5. Good morning! I absolutely LOVED this article on attitude and recovery. So many people REALLY need to read this.

    I truly believe that life is what you make of it! If you dwell on all of the negatives, then you will experience a lot more negative in your life. However, if you have a positive outlook on life even the largest setbacks in life simply don’t seem that bad!

    For example… I just broke my pelvis playing with my son in our yard. That meant that my “job” was put on hold. I simply looked at this as life giving me more time to spend with my family!

    Small stuff like that!

    Thanks again for this fabulous article. I truly wish it would go viral as I do believe that this could help so many people!

    • Thank you for the encouraging post. 

      I have always know it’s important to be positive but never as much as I do now as I see others going through some real challenges.

      Your example is great because sometimes our life challenges can lead us in a better direction.


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