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New Weekly Article The Power Of Positivity
the power of positivity
How to Cultivate the Glass-Half-Full Perspective
When it comes to optimism, it’s a whole lot easier to say that you’re being optimistic than it is to practice it. But experts agree: you can’t downplay the positive effects an optimistic attitude can have on one’s life. Whether it’s mental or physical health or as a predictor of what will happen in the future, optimism is a solid trait to have on your side. And with a New Year just getting underway, there’s no better time than now to be as positive about the future as possible.
For years, researchers have found that being optimistic can improve your health. In fact, those who view the glass as half full are reportedly twice as likely to have healthy hearts than those who see it as half empty per a study in Health Behavior and Policy Review. What’s more, a separate study in 2012 by Harvard researchers published in Psychological Bulletin, linked optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
“Optimism is a frame of mind and a habit that, if you do not have it, can be built,” explains life coach Jesse Bolinger. “Optimism is the idea of having a more positive and favorable outlook on life and the world around you. This is a concept that may come differently for everyone; however, it is one that can be gained by some of the same strategies.” But what if you simply can’t get past the negative noise in your life to see the positive? Here are four key ways to boost your outlook and, in turn, improve your health and life.
“One of the easiest ways to gain optimism is to start with about ten or fifteen minutes a day spending time listening to things that make you feel positive,” says Bolinger. “This may include music, audio books, or a television program about something positive.” Music, however, is one of the best options: research shows that listening to music that moves you causes your brain to release the feel-good chemical dopamine, which can not only make you happier but feel more positive overall.
Optimism is a frame of mind and a habit that, if you do not have it, can be built
MAKE A LIST
The same way you organize your to-do list or create columns for pros and cons for a significant decision you need to make, is also the same way you should approach the positives in your life. “Make a list of things in your life that make you feel positive and those that make you feel negative,” recommends Bolinger. “Once this list is made, work can then begin to turn the negative elements to positive ones.” Taking the time to, first, acknowledge the positives in your life can help increase your optimism about the future while addressing the negatives makes you feel as though you’re taking action against pessimism.
Like optimism, gratitude can be a very powerful thing. Gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness, which increases one’s outlook on problems that may arise or life, in general. How? One study found that grateful people simply experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier overall per a 2012 study in Personality and Individual Differences. What’s more, gratitude can overpower negative emotions such as frustration, envy, and resentment.
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Life is busy. Oftentimes it’s hard to take time for yourself. But, taking even one hour to yourself each day can dramatically increase your outlook on not only the day but the obstacles ahead. “Even if you can spare just 30 minutes from your hectic schedule, do it every day,” explains success coach Tom Ingrassia. “Hide away and do something that is soul satisfying for you. Meditate. Listen to music. Read. Run (my favorite!). Work in your garden. Whatever nourishes and satisfies your soul. Do this one thing for yourself every day and you will live life with an optimistic perspective. It is as simple as that.” Written by Blake Miller. Photography provided by ©iStockphoto.com/ulkas.
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