Monday, April 6, 2015

Don't mess with Mister In-Between!

Today's crumb is adapted from an article in the Vancouver (Canada) Sun.

The health-care industry is beginning to consider shifting its focus from "disease management" to "health creation." Evidence is accumulating that a focus on disease does not improve health. Similarly, problem-focused negativity on the news, social media and many movies can darken the way we see life. A study from the United Kingdom monitored the mental attitudes of 360 heart patients for one year. Believe it or not, it found that patients willing to surrender negative attitudes had better health outcomes. 

There is no pill to cure negativity, but it can be reduced as we take time to notice the beauty around us. Appreciating beauty nourishes hope. Children know this.

If you have a day when everything (even your own attitude) feels negative, make a choice to remember one or two moments of beauty. It's never too late to weed out negativity. How? In the words of composer Johnny Mercer, "You've got to accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative; latch on to the affirmative and don't mess with Mister In-Between." If you've never heard this song from the 1944 movie Here Come the WAVES, visit

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