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“According to research positive thinking has many health benefits including increased life span, lower rates of cardiovascular disease and even greater resistance to the common cold,” said Jennifer Owens, L.C.S.W., L.M.T., C.P.T.,  an integrative mental health and wellness expert specializing in stress and anxiety management who has been working in the holistic health field for over a decade. “Positive thinking does not mean you need to ignore unpleasant situations or feelings. Positive thinking helps us to approach life and problems in a more productive and healthy way.” Owens suggested practicing self-love by staring each say with a statement like, “I can do this, I got this,” or “I have many good qualities” —and then list those qualities.