The power of positive thinking
As students, we face lots of problems, such as countless tests and homework. Although it is a common situation for all of us, we cannot deny that these problems leave us feeling exhausted. In fact, most of us dread the idea of doing this over and over again.
There are some problems - such as developing cancer, for example - that you can do little about to avoid. This can be exhausting, too.
But I have learned that the key to overcoming obstacles is by being positive.
By being positive, we will not think our problems are as difficult and we will not be afraid to face them.
Thinking negatively will not help us face the problems, and will only make us feel worse.
So, what do you think is important in facing adversity? Why don't we try to be positive and use positive ideas to face the problems in our lives?
Nicole Yue Tsz-kiu, Pooi To Middle School
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Nicole. There is a lot to be said for the power of positive thinking. Some studies have shown that being relaxed and happy can keep us healthy.
Laughter, for example, has been proven to ease pain. And optimism has been shown to reduce the stress hormone, a chemical that, in excessive amounts (ie when you're too stressed) can lead to a damaged immune system, high blood sugar and weight gain.
Of course, that's not to say that being positive can do anything as powerful as cure serious diseases, such as cancer. But these studies do suggest that letting go of little worries is a positive thing to do.
And if there is proof that positive thinking can improve health, it's clear that it can only be helpful when it comes to other sorts of problems you face as a teen.
So, take a deep breath, turn that frown upside-down, and RELAX!
Karly, Deputy Editor