Whether your attitude reflects a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty outlook, it will impact every aspect of your life. The benefits of positive thinking are particularly impactful on your health and overall well-being. In fact, a sunny disposition can increase lifespan, reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol and increase resistance to the common cold. Positive thinking lowers rates of depression, lessens stress, slows aging and improves coping mechanisms for dealing with the inevitable bumps in the road of life.
All of these benefits should be reason enough to strive for an optimistic outlook. But according to Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, there’s even more to gain. An optimistic outlook can impact your job skills and create lasting, impactful value in your work life as well.
Fredrickson refers to this as the “broaden and build” theory. Positive emotions create a broadened sense of possibilities and open your mind to potential opportunities. This encourages a person to seek out, build and develop new skills and resources that can provide value across all areas of his/her life.
A sunny disposition is often accompanied by a can-do attitude, a characteristic that certainly makes an employee more desirable—not to mention more teachable/trainable and pleasant to be around. A positive thinker commonly appears on the list of most sought-after “soft skills”.
Many see positive thinking as simply a personality trait. While some folks are naturally more optimistic, those who find themselves prone to negativity don’t have to allow a pessimistic attitude to rule their lives. Choosing to shut down gloomy “self-talk”— the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head—can make a huge difference. Minimizing negative self-talk and intentionally redirecting one’s mental monolog paves the way for a more optimistic overall outlook.
While some of this ongoing internal conversation comes from logic and reason, some self-talk results from misconceptions or a lack of information. Get the facts—assuming almost always leads to a blurry picture—then refuse to allow a gloomy Gus attitude to sabotage a positive approach.
When life throws you a curb, it’s tempting—and takes little effort—to succumb to woe-is-me thinking. But fight the urge to expect the worst and focus instead on the bright side. Because expecting good things to happen actually increases the chances of a positive outcome.
So, Debbie Downer and Negative Ned, make way for Positive Patrick and Optimistic Olivia!
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