Harness Positivity and Change Your Life Forever

Positivity: The Mayo Clinic calls it, “The ability to approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.” While people may not think of positivity as its own way of life, a positive outlook can lead to a number of health benefits, including an increased lifespan, resistance to common colds, reduced risk of heart disease, and lower rates of damaging depression.

If these benefits are not enough, positive people also tend to outperform others socially and professionally, adapting to stress and circumstance better. It should come as no surprise that in sales, actively positive people do the best, but self-affirmation is far from a feel-good trick. It has a constant, measurable effect on your mental and physical well-being.

Many people find they have either positive or negative outlooks by nature. If you are naturally pessimistic, you may find optimistic points of view difficult to grasp. The good news is that positivity really can be learned and applied. Positive thinking skills and key lifestyle decisions are the most important steps. Begin with the basics.

Refuse Stress

Everyone has stress triggers. External triggers such as workplace confrontations can ruin a whole day and lead to a long term cycle of stress. However, self awareness and critical thinking habits can often make a bad situation far better. If you can train yourself to refuse stress triggers and instead turn them into opportunities, you will be able to change your life. Perspective is the key – confrontation does not have to be negative at all. On the contrary, when approached with positivity, any type of workplace or family confrontation can be used to create solutions, stop problems before they start, and foster respect among coworkers.

The Mayo Clinic suggests using self-talk as a tool to begin encouraging positivity. Self-talk is the inner monologue that people use to frame their thoughts and responses. Start following the trail of your own self-talk and pinpoint the negative aspects. Then replace illogical, negative thoughts with strong positive thoughts grounded in happiness.

Take Time

If you struggle with positivity, you must incorporate positive practices into your daily life. Do not continue in your old habits – change some things around. A more nutritional diet can make a world of difference in your outlook and energy levels. Try to devote fifteen minutes a day to an exercise designed to relieve stress, such as meditation. Because meditation rarely fits in with a busy lifestyle, you can try a relaxing walk or easy chore (such as cleaning the kitchen) instead. Without this reserved time to stop worrying, your stresses will be difficult to sense or control.

Not only will such stress-relieving activities help encourage a positive outlook, they can also offer health benefits. Deepak Chopra has an excellent article on the practical effects of positive thinking, and new University of Rochester studies indicate that positive psychology can help people remember to take medication, meet goals, and make healthier decisions about their bodies.

Setup Sources

In addition to creating time to encourage positivity, you should also create sources of positive thinking. For many people, this means adopting and caring for a pet, a proven way to live happier. For others, it means taking up a new hobby. Another approach is to frequent a space for positivity and creativity, such as a favorite cafe or bookstore where you can find real tranquility.

Become a Beacon

As you increase your own positivity, you will find that connecting with others is a natural step along the positive path. Optimism only increases when you share it with other people, and some of the best happiness practices center on making others feel better. This is especially true at work, where positive leadership and inspiration can create powerful cycles of self esteem. So dish out the compliments, find new ways to show sincere appreciation, and motivate others by appealing to their sense of purpose.

Start Today

Start your own journey toward increased positivity by taking the first steps. In order to create a real network of support, you simply need to seek out more information on positivity. Here are a few sources to help you begin!

Life Organizers: 21 Days to a Positive-Attitude Habit

Positivity Practices

Harvard Business Review: Positive Intelligence