In today’s age it almost feels as if there is a “Positive Revolution” going on. Sure, negativity, conflict, and tough times are amidst us in our world, but I’ve been surprised at how many people have jumped on the positive-thinking train. I’ve never before seen so many uplifting quotes on Facebook status updates, blogs on happiness and living well, and self-help books GALORE on how to see the glass half-full. I feel a great sense of contentment knowing that others are spreading the powerful word of positivity.
If you’re a regular blog reader of mine, you’ll know that I frequently write about the power of positive thinking and the profound effect your attitude has on your life. You may read my posts and be inspired, but may feel hesitant about adopting a positive mindset or may undermine it’s importance. You might possibly find yourself thinking, why exactly should I have a positive attitude? How will it actually benefit me and my life? Is it really worth it? Well, Mr. or Miss Hesitant… this post is entirely dedicated to you.
First and foremost, having a positive approach will greatly enhance the overall quality of your life — without a doubt. An optimistic approach allows you to see yourself, others, and the world around you differently. When you see the glass half-full, you will count your blessings instead of tallying your troubles, will look optimistically towards your future, and won’t be as easily annoyed by the little things in life that don’t matter (ex: waiting in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, being easily annoyed by others, etc.) While these are my personal arguments, I guarantee you that any psychologist would agree with my reasoning.
Not only can having a positive attitude greatly improve the quality of your life, happy thoughts can actually make you healthier. Here are some major health benefits of positive thinking, as selected by the Mayo Clinic staff:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of stress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and time of stress
I’m not suggesting that you scream from the top of the rooftops, “I LOVE LIFE!” or skip around your office singing “I am so happyyyyy!”. I am simply urging you to look on the bright side of every situation, count your blessings on a daily basis, appreciate yourself and your loved ones, and look towards your future with hope and optimism. What’s the worst that could happen if you started seeing the glass as half-full today? Try it out!
Happy thinking positively,