“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

That’s a quote from the late John Wooden, NCAA basketball head coach who leaded the UCLS Bruins to 10 NCAA national championships.

I never have followed the Bruins, but it appears the quote comes from the book, “They Call Me Coach” by John Wooden as told to Jack Tobin.

I also never played basketball for an organized team, and most definitely not the high school team, but I did play with a group of guys at Mount Tabor Baptist Church, and I loved every second of it.

Regardless if one plays ball or not, I’m sure they could take the advice of Wooden’s.

It’s all about making the best out of every situation. Looking to the brighter things in life.

Even John Hopkins Medicine took the time to publish “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

The article begins saying, “People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.”

That was part of Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H.’s findings and the findings of her colleagues.

Yanek is an Assistant Professor of Medicine who studies cardiovascular disease in families and risk factor modification. She received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master of public health degree from the John Hopkins Bloombert School of Public Health before joining the faculty in 1995.

In other words, I would hope she knows what she’s talking about.

She and her team say that while the “connection between health and positivity remains murky,” researchers suspect that thinking positively helps protect against the “inflammatory damage of stress.”

We all feel stress, it’s a part of life, and sometimes I believe that stress is necessary for some motivation. You have to care about what you’re working on.

But, according to the Harvard Health Review Public Health, those who experience “intense stress” long-term, could experience digestive problems, fertility problems, urinary problems and a weakened immune system.

There are several steps that experts say one can take when feeling stressed.

Step one – identify the cause.

Then address the cause.

And, there are plenty of things that one can find to make oneself happy.

For me, my family, music, and good treats and eats tend to put a smile on my face.

Figure out what soothes your mind and make time for it.

I know there’s only 24 hours in a day, but make every second count.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com