I recently blogged about a study that found that positive people lived longer, healthier, happier lives.

No shock there.

Garbage in, garbage out is a true saying.

And it’s true whether we are talking about food or music or daily thoughts.

A new study draws a strong connection between stress and increased risk of death from stroke.

This isn’t shocking to me, either.

Why are we so surprised when science confirms what we logically know to be true anyway?

Stress on the body is NOT good. It causes strain, tension, and weakens the immune system.

Stress is bad for the heart…and the brain.

Most of the research up until now has connected stress with the heart and less so on the brain.

But it stands to reason that putting stress on the brain isn’t a good idea.

I love Dr. Wayne Dyer’s belief that there is no such thing as stress. Just situations we PERCEIVE as stressful.

In other words, if traffic or dental offices were truly stressful, EVERYONE would react to them the same way.

But some people sing songs or listen to good music or motivational CDs or tapes or catch up with friends or business calls while in traffic.

And some people actually LIKE going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth.

You cannot point to stress as a PHYSICAL object the way you would a Buick or a ladybug. It ISN’T an actual thing. Isn’t that life changing to comprehend and accept?

But the RESULTS of stress are VERY real.

They can cause depression, anxiety, heart attack, stroke, and ultimately DEATH.

So relax. Not tomorrow or someday.

But right now.

Relax. Breathe. Process. Troubleshoot. Know you are bigger than any of your problems or perceived obstacles.

You CAN and WILL overcome them.

And your heart and brain and every cell in your body will thank you for it.

You may not be able to control everything that happens to you.

But you can ALWAYS control how you react to what happens to you.