25 REASONS TO BE MORE POSITIVE

It seems that as we age, it gets harder and harder to stay positive. Whether it’s stress from jobs, children, poor health, or any number of other factors, positivity can be hard to come by. And the more negative we get, the more we become entrenched in those self-destructive thought patterns. Being more positive can have a huge impact on your life – and here are 25 reasons why it’s worth giving it a try.

01. You Will Feel Better

Even if your circumstances don’t change, simply being positive will make you feel better. Focus on all the great things you have going for you, not the negatives.

02. You’ll Have A Happier Life

Not only will you feel better, but you will enjoy a happier life as a result. Negative thoughts lead to a negative outlook, and generally, a negative life. Change your attitude, and you will start to notice the difference immediately!

03. You’ll Be More Motivated

Do you have one friend who simply will not get off the couch? They are never motivated to do anything? Chances are – they are not very happy. Being positive and active can help you find your motivation.

04. You Are What You Think You Are

This works the same way as having more confidence. If you think positive thoughts – guess what? You are more likely to have positive outcomes! Improve your chances of positive outcomes by starting your day with positive thoughts. The expression “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” exists for a reason!

05. You’ll Get More Done

Is it really shocking that a negative attitude may lead to decreased productivity? It’s extremely doubtful that you know someone who is very negative who is also very productive. Most, if not all, self-starters are very positive, and that “can do” attitude is part of what makes them so successful.

06. Problems Become Easier To Solve

A negative attitude can make the world seem like a dark place, with all problems insurmountable. Well, this isn’t quite the case when you’re positive. A positive attitude can help you think in creative and productive ways.

07. It Takes More Effort To Be Negative

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that it takes more muscles to frown that it does to smile. Well, while that point may be debatable, it makes more sense to smile. Why go through more effort just to frown when you could be happy? Being positive is sometimes as simple as starting with a smile.

08. Lower Risk Of Disease

It’s true – being positive has been linked to a lower risk of health problems. This may be the most important reason to be more positive – don’t overlook it. Your health is one thing you have some control over. You might not be able to control your company, the economy, etc…but you CAN control your health. It makes sense to be positive, and have the best health possible.

09. People Will Be More Attracted To You

You may have already seen this one in action. If you watch groups of people interact, you’ll notice that the more positive people are more likely to be involved in the action. So if you have some problems socializing with people, simply being more positive is a step in the right direction!

10. You’ll Be A Better Friend

Have you ever had that extremely negative friend? The one that you can’t stand to be around? Exactly. Being more positive is not only a way to help yourself, but it helps those around you as well. You’ll be a better friend, a better husband, a better wife – whatever your situation may be – if you’re more positive.

11. You’ll Deal With Stress Better

Stress is a part of life. It is unavoidable, inescapable, and nearly omnipresent in today’s world. But if you’re more positive, you’ll deal with stress much better. A negative attitude will get you nowhere in a negative situation, but a positive attitude will help lead you to success.

12. Someone Always Has It Worse

This is sometimes called “perspective.” No matter how bad things get for you, there is always someone who has it worse. Always. Having gratitude, as well as a positive attitude, is important for surviving the (sometimes) harsh realities of life.

13. Things Can Always Get Better

No matter how bad things may seem, they can always improve. “It is darkest before the dawn” is a popular phrase for a reason. It is perhaps most important to stay positive when we least feel like it – when the chips are really stacked against us. This is what will (hopefully) prove to you that staying positive is one of the best solutions to ANY problem you may face.

14. Happiness Is Contagious

It’s true – happiness is contagious! You can always influence those around you, and being positive can have much more of an impact than you may realize! This is why leaders are generally chosen based on their attitude, as well as their skill set.

15. You’ll Feel More Confident

This one should be a no-brainer, but being more positive will automatically make you more confident! A negative attitude and low self-esteem go hand in hand, and so does being positive and being confident. Sometimes just feeling more confident can make you feel more positive, so there is a good feedback loop at work here, as well.

16. You’ll Be Less Likely To Get Sick

Believe it or not, there have been scientific studies which show that being positive makes one less susceptible to becoming sick. You may see this in the real world – the negative office worker who is overweight and always ill. But is this a self-fulfilling prophecy? You are what you think, after all. Thinking positive thoughts means there is a greater chance of positive things happening for you!

17. Better Work Relationships

Yes, being more positive can lead to more friends at work. Work on its own is stressful, why would you want to be negative to those people whom you spend the majority of your time with? Sometimes you spend more time with your work associates than with your significant other. Being positive at work can make a HUGE difference in your life. Try it!

18. You’ll Be More Likely To Be Promoted

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Being positive at work can make a big difference, especially if others are negative and tired. You’ll be remembered as the one who brings the sunshine and light, and more likely to be remembered when the time comes for promotions, bonuses, and raises.

19. Less Stressful

Being positive may initially take more effort and cause some stress, but soon it will become natural behavior. And being positive is far less stressful than being negative. You will soon notice a difference if you change your habits.

20. It Literally Re-Wires Your Brain

You read that correctly. Scientists have found that positive thinking literally re-wires your brain, and this may be one of the best reasons on this list. Neuronal plasticity is exciting and a relatively new development in the field of neuroscience. Take advantage!

21. You’ll Be In Better Shape

The more positive you are, the more likely you are to take better care of yourself. This means eating healthier and exercising, which both lead to being in better shape. This, in turn, will give you more confidence and make you more likely to be positive. See how that works?

22. It Improves Your Ability To Think

Yes, it’s true. Being positive can improve your ability to think. This, in turn, helps to make you more productive. The increased ability to think can lead to other positive changes as well. Think of all the possibilities!

23. You’ll Be Less Likely To Be Depressed

This should be a no-brainer, but depression is a huge problem in the United States. There is still debate if depression is caused by an underlying chemical imbalance, but thinking more positively is certainly a good starting place.

24. You’ll Have More Fun

Hard to have much fun when you’re “doom and gloom” all the time, right? Being positive can help you to have more fun, no matter what it is that you’re doing. It can also help you be invited to more fun things in the future – another way that being positive can have a good influence on your life!

25. You’ll Be More Positive!

That’s right – if nothing else, you’ll be more positive! That, in and of itself, is worth making changes for! Positive people are more fun to be around, are generally more successful, happier, and healthier! Remember that, the next time you get the blues!

This article originally appeared on PaleoHacks.

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