How Do You See the Glass, Is It Half Full or Half Empty?
The way in which you answer this age-old question may reflect whether you’re fundamentally optimistic or pessimistic. Our behaviors, how we think and whom we spend our time with influence even the simple things, like how much we can accomplish throughout our day-to-day routine.
Recent studies have determined `if your friends are negative, nonconstructive, and lack enthusiasm` in affect, it will rub off on you. Alternatively, actively seeking optimistic people, finding a happy tribe of peers, and picking up on their good vibrations, will help you become a more positive person by default. It can be said `we are the company we keep`.
Eavesdrop on your own inner monologue
Recognize and become aware of your internal monologue and your inner thoughts as they will reveal if you naturally reflect as an optimist or as a pessimist. Our innermost oration is a perfect gauge of whether we have a positive or negative viewpoint on what goes on around us.
Pay particular attention to your inner monologue throughout the day, notice whether your reactive nature is optimistic and constructive or is unhelpful and consists of undesirable self-talk.
Live Long, Live Happy
Long term studies have proven that people who are positive and optimistic are healthier, more successful and more effective human beings. Not surprisingly, optimism is also considered a big part of managing stress.
Happier people, it turns out, do better in most walks of life, education, employment, relationships, and sports. They get depressed less, make more money and have happier relationships. There is also evidence that optimists actually live longer.
The Payoff in a Nutshell
- Lower depression and stress
- Improved immune system
- Longer life span
- Happier relationships and friendships
- Improved psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills
The `Be Happy` Blueprint
Evidently we can `fake it till we make it` – meaning we can fake being optimistic, get real results and eventually it becomes part of who we are. Researcher Sanjay Srivastava, suggests- `If pretending or faking it just isn’t for you, it seems the simple act of hanging out with an optimist is a good result as well`.
Author and Academic Karen Reivich, believes that clowning around and having fun works, “The beauty of this goofing around is that you feel a bit of power over your thoughts and the situation, that sense of control is the antidote to pessimism.” In short; be creative, laugh and the world laughs with you.
With Courtesy comes Health
There is no magic formula for you to become more positive, it’s the little things that will make you feel better, by routinely exercising good-will, you release `feel-good` endorphins. As part of your daily routine, make a point of doing random little acts of kindness, seek moments to be delightful, be polite and intentionally nice. Chivalry isn’t dead, its food for the soul. Say `thank you` more. Hold doors open. Hand out compliments. Call friends and family without cause.
The Simplicity of it All
Practicing positivity is like building muscle. It likes work; the more you use it, the bigger it gets. Alternately, if you don’t exercise positivity, it fades and wilts away.
If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your life and in doing so you’ll also touch and affect more lives than you thought possible.
Those who think they can do a thing, and those who think they can’t do a thing – are both right.
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