In our day-to-day lives it’s easy to confuse persistence and progress with positivity. Yet without a positive mindset we wouldn’t make much progress.
Today, we are much better informed about the science of positive psychology. It’s not just about having a cheerful attitude, it’s about increasing the value of your life and helping you become a better version of yourself.
There’s a famous saying that goes, “you are what you think”. This being the case it’s in our best interests to think positively. A growth mindset and a positive attitude comes with several benefits. Here are the best:
Best for First Impressions
One advantage of always being a person with a positive attitude is that you will always make a perfect first impression. First impressions count. People tend to be naturally drawn to those who are open and friendly in nature. If you portray the type of personality that is honest, kind and above all a positive, people will want to be associated with you. You will have an easier time building new relationships that could be very beneficial for you in future.
Best for Health
Positive thinking is actually a free ticket to improving health. People with a positive outlook are less likely to suffer from anxiety, stress and depression. More positive outlooks are acquired through small but regular amounts of exercise, a good diet and socialising with others. Check this article for simple steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
Best for Stress Reduction
Life is always full of challenges and it’s important to learn how to cope with them. There are many ways to solve a problem, but positive thinking is a flexible friend. When things don’t work out a positive thinker will simply adapt by seeking a different solution. It was Thomas Edison who said, “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” This pattern of thinking doesn’t rule out stress but it does help to keep things in perspective. Try the quiz: how well do you handle stress?
Best for Success
If there’s one thing that successful people have in common its the power of positive thinking. Setbacks are sometimes a fact of life but the drive to succeed isn’t thrown off course by mere setbacks. Goal achievement, whether work related or personal, doesn’t happen by itself but the path is smoothed by a certain frame of mind that seeks out and assumes success over failure.
Best for Relationships
As mentioned earlier, positive thinking helps people to make a great first impression. By doing so, you will have an easier time making new friends and reinforcing existing relationships. Who are the people with the widest and most active social circles? They are the positive types. Negative thinkers, moaners, complainers, are all around and they are not easy people to be with. Friendships and romance are nourished and sustained through positivity.
Best for Concentration
Positive thoughts allow you to become more focused. Negative thinking patterns tend to assume the worst and therefore the resources that might otherwise be directed towards study or skills are interrupted by worries and anxieties. When faced with a tricky problem, positive thinkers don’t throw in the towel; instead, they work hard to solve it. They stay focused and play around with novel ideas in order to find solutions.
Best for Confidence
Who do you suppose is most confident: positive or negative thinkers? Thinking positively helps improves our confidence. In turn, confidence feeds back into positive thinking. With greater confidence comes increased happiness. You learn to appreciate the person you actually are and you’ll be less inclined pretending to be the person you aren’t.
Best for Sleep
Because positive thinkers are free of stress and other factors that may prevent them from having a better sleep. Remember, there are many benefits associated with better sleep. For example, it’s good for your health; helps you stay focused and most importantly lose weight. Negative thoughts can take control of your body and keep you awake throughout the night. Choose positive thinking and enjoy the benefits of having a quality sleep.
Best for Longevity
We can’t all live forever but what we can do is add years to our lives and get the maximum out of those years. If we treat our mind and body with the respect it deserves there’s no reason we can’t live to a ripe old age, squeezing out the best of benefits. There’s nothing far-fetched or unrealistic about any of the points listed above. In fact you can probably add to the list. And there’s no better time to start than today!