Feel-good Friday: Outlook

We don’t need a life coach or shrink to tell us what we already know – that our attitude and outlook on life says a lot about who we are.  

I keep witnessing unpleasant remarks on Facebook from people I’ve otherwise admired. Even quotes that are neither witty, profound or significant in any way.  Just plain offensive and meaningless.  Questionable at best – although others seen to find them funny.  Disappointing.  Has our human race taken a dive?

Positive Attitude = good

Negative Attitude = bad

It’s that simple.  However, it’s not easy to maintain a positive attitude at all times in our present climate of overwhelming discord over health and politics – both of which have a profound effect on our lives.

For our personal sanity at this time in history it makes sense to pay attention to what’s going on while maintaining as positive an attitude as possible.

The idea of Positive Thinking is almost a cliche in the personal development world that can be polarizing. Some people shy away from it, believing it to be pretentious, while others swear by it as if it was some sort of magic pill.

My friend Michael (one of the two smartest people I know in the whole world) has this to say about positivity: it can mean all, or some of the following: 1) Optimism 2) Proactivity 3) Constructiveness 4) Resilience 5) Hopefulness 6) Confidence

If any, or all of these resonate with you, go for it! 

When we consciously cultivate positivity in our minds, we think we can get through anything.  And it’s been scientifically proven to improve your work life, physical and mental health, and relationships.

A University of Michigan study, led by psychology professor Barbara Fredrickson, explored the importance of positive thinking and emotions on our experience of:

  • joy,
  • interest,
  • contentment, and
  • love.

These four positive emotions have a number of ripple effects on our behavior.

Fredrickson had this to say:

Joy sparks the urge to play, interest sparks the urge to explore, contentment sparks the urge to savour and integrate, and love sparks a recurring cycle of each of these urges within safe, close relationships.

By adopting a positive mindset, our resilience increases and with it our capacity to explore the world, while feeling confident and secure. Negative thoughts and emotions, on the other hand, can skew our perspective and in the long-term, damage our self-esteem.

One way to get into the habit of thinking positively is to peak into the minds of other positive people’s quotes by reading what they’ve said or written.

Hope you enjoy the quotes I found here.

Gratitude is the seed that sparks Positivity.

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”– Germany Kent

Kent went on to say…”Gratitude is a key tenet in all major philosophies, religions, and schools of thought. That’s because gratitude is a foundation of positive thinking. We only have a limited amount of focus, so when you are able to be appreciative of what you have, your brain is unable to give life and energy to thoughts about what you don’t have. Seeing events in your life as gifts allow you to perceive how they may help you grow and become a better person, and the application of this attitude during tough times is the hallmark of resilience.”

The most important thing you will ever wear is your attitude.”– Jeff Moore

 

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