Several readers of this blog have asked me how I stay so positive.
Simple. It is a choice.
I've learned over the years that negative thinking and grouchy thoughts do not promote healing. If they did, hospitals could address financial problems by replacing coffee shops with bars, and chapels with rooms reserved for patients to host pity parties.
In my experience, one's first reaction, after regaining alertness when the sudden effects of a stroke clear, can usually be summed up with one four-letter word. (I won't say it here.) After all, it is no small thing to discover that one side of your body is now useless.
In addition, staying positive is a wee bit of a challenge, as negative thoughts do spring up and -- like weeds in a garden -- try to take over your mind.
The good news is that there are mental strategies for overcoming these negative thoughts. I described one, the stop and swap technique, in a previous post, which you can see by clicking here.
All and all, it comes down to this: Positive thinking is good medicine.