5 Benefits of Being Positive:

positive people Stress Reduction: It’s pretty difficult to be stressed when you are thinking positively, or are happy, right? Positive thinking people have been shown to be happier, healthier and stress free. This doesn’t mean that they don’t experience stressful situations, or don’t feel sad, they just manage to find the positive perspective of situations and are able to more readily turn potentially negative situations into positive ones simply by using the power of thought

 Social Interaction: No one likes to feel lonely. And no one enjoys spending their time with people that complain a lot. We all like to spend time with people that are fun to be around, are intellectually stimulating or just happen to have similar viewpoints to ours. Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness. (Robert D. Putnam)

Love: A love connection that is shared with another person is one of the most rewarding things we can experience in life. It is not without its challenge though! You have to be willing to make compromises and not always get exactly what you want. Positive people find ways to turn compromise and challenges into a positive experience by understanding the many benefits that can be achieved from allowing oneself to surrender.  “Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce”. (John Gottman)

Performance at Work: In the current global economic environment, positive people understand how fortunate they are to have a job, and are more likely to find a job or lifestyle that makes them happy. “Positive people are able to see the big picture, which helps them identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems”. (Barbara Fredrickson Life Expectancy:) It has been proven that Positive people live longer. (A Primer in Positive Psychology, Christopher Petersen, PhD)

Life Expectancy: Stress is a killer, so is negative thinking. Being positive and finding joy in those seemingly insignificant moments in life promotes a healthy body, mind and soul. Smiling releases endorphins into the system which help to combat disease. Even a fake smile often turns into a real one. “Positive people live longer.”(A Primer in Positive Psychology, Christopher Petersen, PhD)