Erica Korpi
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January 3, 2013
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Tahoe health: In 2013, will positive thinking prevail?

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - We watched the ball drop on another year, said a fond farewell to 2012 and hello to new beginnings. Looking toward 2013, I reflect on a class I took last year from UC Irvine, called "Positive Leadership in Spa and Hospitality."

The lessons I learned in this course were invaluable and I wanted to share them with you today so that you may too be more apt to live a positive, balanced life both personally and professionally.

Tony Robbins once said, "You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever ... the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you've been waiting for to fall into place." Will 2013 be the catalyst year for you?

Positive thinking began with the book "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale, published in 1952. The idea of positive thinking picked up major steam in the 1970s and has continued to be a popular new age prescription for whatever ails you.

The positive thinking movement continues today, culminating in recent years with the massive success of "The Secret", a book and movie, which recommends tapping into the "law of attraction" to attract good things in your life simply by thinking about them.

Another way to attract what you want out of life would be to create a list of goals you would like to achieve in the year and create a strategy or action plan for each goal. Typically, what one puts out into the universe is returned; with a little desire, work and effort anything is possible. How can you relate positive thinking into making your dreams a reality?

Positive thinking proponents argue that positivity is a powerful factor in our health and recovery from illness as well. Positive psychology has also found a strong link between happiness and health but seeks to understand the limitations of this relationship. Positive emotions seem to help more with prevention than with cure, and more with lifestyle illnesses than with genetic or environmental ones. Positive emotions help build our social support network, encourage more positive lifestyle choices and buffer us from the negative health impacts of stress.

As we apply the things we've learned this year, savor the memories of experiences and enjoy the cumulative effect of another year of growth. Feeling joy and thinking positively nourishes us and gives us more reserves to deal with difficulties when they come along. Besides, in experiencing our own joy, we in turn radiate that toward others as we interact with them, making a contagious and virtuous cycle; the easiest way to "pay it forward", as I like to think of it.

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and were able to spend time with your loved ones and friends. I'm wishing you nothing continued joy and success in the New Year.

If there are any topics you would be interested in reading about, please contact me at the address below. Happy New Year and remember to think positive thoughts!

- Erica Korpi is director of Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. She can be reached at

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