The benefits of having a positive attitude include managing our stress levels, making us feel optimistic about life and make us feel happier. Having a positive attitude attracts more positive people in our life and increase our success. Studies have shown that there is a high correlation from positive attitude with happiness and success. Source: Science Direct
A positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring life’s troubles. It just means being an optimist and looking for the good in things, rather than being a pessimist and concentrating on the bad in things. Sometimes our perspective can make all the difference in the world. Source: Wonderopolis
With this awareness that our mind tends to cling to the negative, we can intentionally focus on the good parts of our day to offset this imbalance. Be mindful on what we are holding onto in our thoughts and change it. This is where practicing gratitude helps us.
Keeping a gratitude journal gives us an opportunity to reflect and appreciate the positive things in our lives which enhance our attitude. The more we appreciate the good in life, the more good we will attract.
Gratitude is simply a “shifting of our thoughts and emotions” from what’s stressing us out to what we find valuable in our lives. When our thoughts and emotions shift toward those positive reflections, our behaviors shift in a positive direction too. – Dr. Vieselmeyer
It is paramount to take care of our physical and mental health for us to increase and maintain a positive attitude. For example, the negative impact to our brain when we lack sleep is a threat to the central nervous system.
Missing one night of sleep can cause us to remember 59 percent fewer positive words, which could make us overly focus on the negative. “If you are well rested and just fed, it will be easier to see the broader range of valuable details, information, and possibilities,” Shawn Achor
Be mindful of the people around us. It is important to surround ourselves with positive attitude or at least working on improving our state of mind. Negativity can be contagious and feed off of others.
When identifying problems, it’s important to have solutions instead of just pointing out what is wrong. It is okay to have constructive criticism as long we have solution(s) or at least work on finding a solution.
A study done at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology shows that complaining leads to lower moods and negative emotions, decreased life satisfaction and optimism, and emotional and motivational deficits.
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When we implement positive life habits on a regular basis, it encourages us to have positive attitude. Improving our diet and regular exercise will release endorphins that makes us feel good.
When we exercise, our body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Source: webmd.com
Having a negative attitude holds us back from being happy and influence the type of people around us. Positive attitudes also help how much better we feel, it keeps our physical and mental health in check. Attitude is everything, if we believe we can succeed, we very well might in life, business and careers. Our attitude about success can become our self-fulfilling prophesy.
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