I work with a great team here, and with how busy we've been, we're growing like mad.
Even in the middle of a chaotic year, we've been able to help a lot of people. And create some good jobs too.
When someone new comes on board, I like to share with them our core values. The things that help direct everything we do around here.
One of them is "We see the glass half full."
I like this, because I'm not a natural optimist. I'm more of a realist.
And for some folks, seeing the glass as "half full" feels a little artificial.
But believe me, attitude matters. In how you do your job, how you live your life, and even, as it turns out, how healthy you are.
Do you try to find the upside in a difficult situation? Or do you find yourself dwelling on the negatives?
According to a huge study – with over 2.5 million participants – how you answer these questions will have a significant impact on how healthy you are.
In short, if you have a positive attitude (or try to, at least) and are generally satisfied with your life, you live longer and with fewer health problems.
You've probably heard of a "vicious cycle." One bad thing leads to another, until things spiral out of control.
But you can create a "virtuous cycle" instead.
When you're more positive, this greater sense of well-being and happiness leads you to make healthier choices. Which boosts your health and helps you live longer. Which makes you happier...
You get the idea.
Now, you may be thinking "Jeff, that's great if you're naturally a positive person. But I'm not. What now?"
If that's you, there's something you should know.
While many people think being "half full" or "half empty" is something you're born with, the research doesn't support that.
You can improve your outlook. You can be more positive.
I've spoken often about taking time out of your day to express gratitude, and what this can mean for your mood and well-being.
This year has made it even more clear. Taking care of yourself – your diet, your lifestyle, and making smart choices – are important tools to protect your health.
You need to shore up your own health foundation, because as a country we're challenged as never before.
In short, healthcare is selfcare. You need to look out for yourself, including your attitude, to face today's challenges at your best.
It may not come naturally. But it's worth paying attention and really trying.
And if you need something to be happy about, how about this: in only two months, this dumpster fire of a year will finally end.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And be safe.