An increasing number of medical practitioners are now accepting that it's possible to die from a broken heart.
They are acknowledging the inextricable link between the mental and the physical.
The state of mind has a direct impact on the quality of health.
We are what we think. As a direct result buried, ignored or suppressed negative emotions can manifest themselves in illness and pain.
It makes sense therefore that wherever and whenever possible we should attempt to think positively and deal with our emotions, not ignore them.
There's no shortage of plans aimed at helping us lose a few kilos or improve our strength.
Beauty tips abound. The emphasis is on the physical, rarely on the psychological.
A positive attitude isn't the answer to everything. It will not be possible to think our way out of many of the circumstances we will encounter.
And yet life's journey can be made more enjoyable if we look for the light; make an effort to find the good; turn a negative into a positive; grin and bear it.
The first step is to get to know ourselves ... our strengths and weakness; likes and dislikes. The next step is to accentuate the positives; work with determination and conviction on making ourselves the best possible version of ourselves - it really can be a wonderful life.
- Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor.