No one knows when life is going to take that unexpected twist. How do you make sure that you are resilient enough to bounce back when adversity hits?
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
Here are the unspoken rules of society; most of us get a job, get paid, get married and eventually begin to raise their own family. All that requires a fair bit of hard work and effort.
If you are well onto that track and think that you have gotten your life all sorted out, think again.
No one can predict how life will turn out. Take the example of this family in this short film, ‘The Unbroken’. Faced with challenges that could tear a family apart, an irrepressible fighting spirit flowed in their veins.
Luckily, they have an exemplary figure to look up to. Their late husband and father was someone who never wavered, not even under the most difficult situations.
This family remembers the old man mostly by his spirit of never giving up. He had also always found ways to render all bitterness sweet. He even ‘invented’ a birthday cake out of a huat-kueh (Chinese steamed muffin that literally means ‘Prosperity Cake’) when the family was too poor to afford a real one.
The impact of having a positive mindset
While the late father in this story has shown us that a positive attitude helps get you through difficult times, science assures us that this is true.
Studies have shown that the happiest people somehow know how to keep life’s inevitable tragedies from spoiling the good stuff.
Another study also revealed there are tons of benefits for positive thinking people. It includes increased life span, greater resistance to the common cold, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, to name a few.
But if you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair.
You can learn how to think positively with these tips from the experts –
- Simply smile more: even fake smiling reduces heart rate and blood pressure!
- Practice reframing: instead of stressing over something you can’t change, accept it. Then appreciate how you can still learn and enjoy something out of the situation.
- Build resilience: it includes building a good relationship with your family. Also to identify areas to improve and take action on them.
With that being said, it doesn’t mean that positivity alone can make one bulletproof in the face of whatever calamity that might strike in life.
Even if you want to make lemonade with the lemons you were given, you’d need a juicer. It’d certainly help your lemonade making much easier.
To be truly unbroken, besides a positive mindset, you will need to gather all the support you need. Just like the protagonist in this film, embrace all the help you may need so you stay a fighter when adversity strikes.
This content was made in collaboration with Manulife. In a research conducted by Manulife Singapore, 1 in every 10 patients had to declare bankruptcy due to critical illness. Find out more at https://criticalillness.manulife.com.sg