Authors: Daria Szczegielniak, Katarzyna Fajkiel
3 min read
Authors: Daria Szczegielniak, Katarzyna Fajkiel
3 min read
What is positive thinking? It’s a positive attitude towards people and the whole world around you. It helps us achieve the goals we have set, makes us happy and causes a better mood every day. Even if the definition sounds extremely simple, many people feel it difficult to quickly describe a person who thinks positive. So what are the characteristics of such person? Most importantly buoyancy, willingness to take some effort and action, an ability to accept the fact that all people, including the positive ones, happen to suffer at some point in their lives. A positive person is just a flexible one who is grateful for all the good things they get every day.
There is so much research about the role of positive thinking in our lives, conducted both in Poland and abroad. It turns out that there are so many reasons why we should always think positive about the world around us and our future in general. First, positive things attract the next positive things. Haven’t you heard about this special law of gravity? The more positive your attitude, the more positive things you will experience. When you are a positive person, your relationships with other people are better, they are more harmonized. You only see good in others and don’t waste your time thinking of stereotypes. When you are a person with a positive attitude, you make a better first impression which makes you succeed in both private and business life more often. Finally, people who switch to a positive attitude, reduce stress easier and they are much more motivated to self-develop and learn new things. They receive more good energy from other people. This is something worth bearing in mind: in order to succeed in life and start changing the world, you need to start from your very self.
Ok, now you know what positive thinking is and what role it plays in your life. However, if you’re not a natural positive thinker, is it something you can change? Absolutely yes! Here are some handy tips you can try out to transform your attitude into the positive one.
Even a small success is worth a good celebration – you’ve been on fire at work today or maybe your kid has got an A in the exam? Cool! Time to celebrate! Life isn’t only about ambitious goals and spectacular achievements. Even little things should be celebrated and enjoyed – it makes you more joyful and peaceful deep inside. Also, your self-esteem gets better. Don’t avoid giving yourself little rewards. On the other hand, don’t spend time dwelling on losses. Learn from your own mistakes but don’t look back too often.
Appreciate other people properly – social relationships are of utmost importance. This is why you should cherish people you care about. Psychologists keep saying that human relations are the most important factor that affects our well-being. They make us happier and satisfied in numerous parts of our lives.
Stop complaining – sometimes it’s hard not to go too emotional. However, you will be more positive if you learn how to control your emotions better. Be responsible for what you’re doing and if there are things you cannot change, just adapt. Complaining is just exhausting and harmful for your body and mind. Sometimes it makes people we care about go away. Don’t waste your time railing!
If you cannot change something, learn how to accept it and move on – don’t use your energy tilting at windmills. Just let it go. It’s not worth your time.
Draw inspiration from people around you – it’s not that you should only spend time with go-getters. It’s that being surrounded by people who motivate you and positively affect your mood makes you more optimistic and happier.
Develop yourself and face your weaknesses – people who think positively always keep developing. However, if you want to develop, you need to face your weaknesses first. Then, you can work them out.
Treat your health seriously – sounds like a cliché but so many people don’t do that. However, a sound mind in a sound body… It’s so much easier to enjoy the beauty of life if you’re healthy, well-nourished and in-shape. If you want to see your future in bright colors, think about your health!
A positive attitude is not just a part of your private life and personality. It also matters at work – it gives us effectiveness and motivation and at the same time, it makes us manage stress better. What are the most important benefits of positive thinking at work then?
We all live in a hurry. A family, kids, home duties, work – it’s so difficult to deal with stressful situations. Make an experiment – check how your life attitude will change once you start thinking in a positive way. Think optimistic before an important meeting or a speech to make. It will help you control stress much more efficiently. Maybe you’ll be even able to turn stress into motivation?
If you think positively, you have more energy to realize your plans. You are more willing to act, work more efficiently and, in consequence, you are much more productive. You want to self-develop, master your skills and achieve even better results.
Once you become a positive person, your fear of loss is reduced. Problems you face are not your success blocker anymore. You are a stronger person who overcomes obstacles easier.
A positive attitude makes you leave your comfort zone. You want to search for new solutions, new inspirations, your creativeness skyrockets. You are also more likely to chance your arm because you truly believe you will succeed.
When you are a positive person, your relationships and social skills are much better. You are less strife-prone and even if there is an argument, you just want to solve it by voluntary means. Also, positive people deal with shyness easier and sometimes you can even give some positive energy and openness to other people.
Work is not your entire life. Psychologists keep saying that your family and social life is much more important. Since the pandemic started, many employees have been worried about the balance between their business and private lives. Especially when you work remotely, it’s hard to distinguish these two areas. If you think positively, your work-life balance is more effective. On top of that, you learn how to appreciate little things in both career and relationships.
The first impression might be everything at work in some cases. People who are positive about their new tasks and new coworkers, get on better with people and they are seen as more positive persons than others.
Now, you see how important a positive attitude is. It helps you develop every single part of your life. It makes your relationships work better, it makes you a more attractive person. You stress less and you are healthier – your blood pressure is lower, your sleep is better and you manage stress better. So, are you ready to switch to positive thinking?
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