The importance of staying positive

positiveSometimes it’s hard to stay positive, when life is really getting you down and so many things are not going the way you would like them to its hard to ignore the problems you’re dealing with and put on a big, bright smile, even on an otherwise cloudy/rainy day.

What exactly does being positive bring though? It’s just a common, normal emotion. Well actually, it brings a lot.

Here are three ways positivity can improve the mind, the body, and the world around you,

1) Staying positive can actually increase your lifespan, yes you read just that. According to The Nun Study people who are generally more positive about life live longer, like, 10 years longer. And according to the Daily Mail staying positive lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

2) A positive work environment is more likely to succeed than a negative one. If you read the book “Gung-Ho” by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles(http://www.amazon.com/Gung-Turn-People-Any-Organization/dp/068815428X) it explains how respect and encouragement( positive energy) helped one struggling company improve its functionality and rose to the top by displaying The Spirit of the Squirrel( Having clear goals), The Way of the Beaver( Respecting employees’ different work ethics) and The Gift of the Goose( Encouragement) in their workplace. Before applying a more positive working environment employees were not ecstatic about their work and didn’t get along with each other or with their superiors.

3) The more positive you are the easier it will be to combat stress. It’s a simple fact that if you’re very happy a negative thought or concern can be easily ignored and your happy day will continue to stay that way most likely. This is especially helpful if you are making very difficult decisions regarding your profession or your family.

Resources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2980770/It-s-true-Optimists-live-longer-Having-positive-attitude-lowers-risk-heart-attack.html

“Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization” By Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles, October 9th, 1997

“Positive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study” by Deborah D. Danner, David A. Snowdon and Wallace V. Friesen; the University of Kentucky, 2001 https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/psp805804.pdf

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One thought on “The importance of staying positive

  1. I really enjoyed this post. Sometimes we all need that reminder of positivity especially during finals week. Thanks for sharing this!

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