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Why it’s Bright to Look on the Brightside

‘Always look on the bright side of life’. Those of a certain generation may now have a particular tune running through their heads and a temptation to whistle under their breath.

But what does this famous lyric from Monty Python’s Life of Brian have to teach us about wellbeing?

While ‘looking on the bright side of life’ may seem like somewhat of a cliché, having a positive outlook can benefit both our medium- and long-term physical and mental health. It can also make us feel better in the moment.

Research published in a range of academic journals has shown that positive emotions can lower blood pressure, increase vagal tone and decrease our susceptibility to infection.

Continue reading the full article for FREE on the VetRecord website.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.l4654

This article is part of our Balance series, in conjunction with VetRecord, aimed at improving the efficiency and wellbeing of vets.



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