POSITIVITY – DESPITE THE CHALLENGES!
Positivity gets a bad rap, sometimes…. it’s often perceived as ‘naivety’ or seeing life through (only) rose-colored glasses, which some think is an unrealistic way of viewing things.
But positivity is really something else, altogether. Positive thinking does not mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things; instead, it involves making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.
Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.
On the other hand, individuals with a pessimistic explanatory style often blame themselves when bad things happen outside of their control, but fail to give themselves adequate credit for successful outcomes. They also have a tendency to view negative events as expected and lasting. As you can imagine, blaming yourself for events outside of your control or viewing these unfortunate events as a persistent part of your life can have a detrimental impact on your state of mind.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, positive thinking is linked to a wide range of health benefits including:
> Better stress management and coping skills
> Enhanced psychological health
> Greater resistance to the common cold
> Increased physical well-being
> Longer life span
> Lower rates of depression
> Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease-related death
There’s no doubt that happiness is the result of achievement. Winning a championship, landing a new client, finding someone you love — these things will bring joy and contentment to your life. But so often, we wrongly assume that this means happiness always follows success.
How often have you thought, “If I just get ___, then I’ll be set.”
Or, “Once I achieve ___, I’ll be satisfied.”
I know I’m guilty of putting off happiness until I achieve some arbitrary goal. But happiness is essential to building the skills that allow for success. In other words, happiness is both the precursor to success and the result of it.
In fact, researchers have often noticed a compounding effect or an ‘upward spiral’ that occurs with happy people. They are happy, so they develop new skills, those skills lead to new success, which results in more happiness, and the process repeats itself.
Finding ways to build happiness and positive emotions into your life — whether it is through meditation, writing, playing a pickup basketball game, or anything else — provides more than just a momentary decrease in stress and a few smiles.
Here are a few tips for harnessing this power and changing your attitude (from successconsciousness.com):
- Read books and articles about this topic and think often about its benefits.
- Avoid the company of people who express negative thoughts and negative feelings.
- Use your imagination to visualize only favorable and beneficial situations and avoid imagining problems and failure. This will set the law of attraction into action, bringing positive changes into your life.
- Use positive words in your inner dialogues, and when talking with others. Use words such as “it’s possible”, “I can” and “I am able”.
- Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly.
Watch for Weifield’s ‘Can’t Complain’ campaign on social media and the Weifield Weekly in September – which ties to this theme. Let’s make lasting change – one positive thought at a time!
Until next time.