Do You Get Up With a Positive View Every Morning?
By Sandy Schroeder
Some mornings I wake up with a positive attitude, but others, not so much. All sorts of factors weigh in. On the days that I do not feel positive, I may be worried about something or thinking about things that have to be done. On another day, I may wake up smiling, eager to get on with the day.
Most of us would love to know how to get up positive every day. The world would seem better, breakfast would be tastier, and we would expect the day to go well.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, wrote about this issue recently. He came up with some key ways to help us stay positive, and warned us that negative views are bad for health.
Numerous studies have shown people who are positive enjoy better health, and better day-to-day results in their work and personal lives. A sense of optimism keeps them open to the world, and more responsive to its opportunities. Often, optimists avoid more serious diseases, such as cardiovascular, and live longer. Negativism has been linked to weaker immune systems and infection.
Ways to Stay Positive
Look for the facts – Many times, negative thoughts just seem to have a life of their own, jumping from one conclusion to another. Taking the time to find out what the facts are often helps us see the positive side. If we are feeling insecure, we may just assume negative statements are true. It’s much wiser to step back and take a closer look. Statements that begin with words such as “never, always, or absolutely,” often turn out to be exaggerated, or even completely false. Use your best sources to test out statements that you question.
Look for a positive – In the midst of a swarm of negatives, look for a positive. Once you have found something positive, you can build on that. Always accepting negative opinions can become a destructive habit. Most situations have positive and negative facts. Make sure you take the time to review everything before you make a call.
Practice gratitude – Seasoned researchers have found people who practice gratitude may lower their stress by almost 25 percent. Whatever kind of day they are having, being able to focus on the good things in their lives keeps people calmer and more relaxed. When the day seems filled with negatives, take a little time to think about the positive things in your life. Those things help us retain our perspective, and see positives whenever they appear. Hang onto them and keep smiling.
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