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Focusing on good thoughts and feelings can go a long way to keeping you healthy.

Many people are talking about the "Law of Attraction" which has been discussed in detail in the best selling DVD and book "The Secret". The Law of Attraction basically states that everything that's coming into your life, you are attracting into your life. And it's attracted to you by virtue of the images you're holding in your mind.  

The idea is simple and very general: whatever it is that you focus on, think about and occupies your thoughts - will appear in your life. Humans, in this way, are like magnets, attracting into their lives whatever it is their emotions, beliefs and thoughts spotlight.   This theory isn't new and many of the world's greatest success stories have used this approach to reach their goals.

Delving even deeper, the Law of Attraction brings up the mind-body connection, which says your mind can evoke physical changes in your body -- for the good or for the bad.   This suggests that what happens in our minds or whatever emotions we are feeling also affect our body.

If you feel worry in your mind, you feel it in your body. Some of these things are obvious to us like butterflies or heart palpitations, but what are really important are the ones that aren't as obvious.   This is because ongoing stress over a period of time can affect the immune system.

In fact recent research showed that men with a strong mix of anger, depression, hostility, and anxiety may be more likely to develop coronary heart disease. Read more about this study here.

Regardless of whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, you can improve your life by taking a few strides toward having a positive outlook. If your natural tendency is to be pessimistic, here are a few tips to help you be happy!

•  Be happy and satisfied with what you have.   Show gratitude for the gifts life has given you and don't compare yourself with others.

•  Schedule time for yourself.   Sometimes we get so busy helping others; we neglect to fulfill our own needs.   Set aside an hour a day to do something just for yourself.

•  Spend time with friends.   Isolating yourself all the time will not improve your mood.   Get with friends, have dinner, see a movie and have fun.

•  Smile and laugh.   If you focus on something that makes you smile or laugh, you can help yourself forget (even if it's just temporarily) what is getting you down.   And it's hard to feel bad if you force yourself to smile for just a few minutes.

•  Have a favorite piece of music or a movie clip or a book that instantly cheers you up.   Keep this close by and handy for those moments when you can't seem to force a smile.

Above all, don't get frustrated if you can't think happy thoughts all the time.   None of us are perfect and sometimes have to give in to a moment of angst.   But don't let it rule your life or you could be attracting more negative energy to fuel the fire.

For more good ideas on how to be happy check this out.

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For information on using "The Secret" and how it affects your health, check out this.