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Benefits of a Positive Attitude

It is way too easy to fall into the trap of having a negative attitude these days. The news, social media, and what we typically entertain ourselves with on the television don’t make staying positive easy. This is particularly true when challenges come our way. But, if you can stay positive, despite the onslaught of negativity that bombards most people, you can benefit yourself and the quality of your life in numerous ways.

Having a positive attitude has many benefits, one of which is it helps reduce stress and betters our health. [1] It fosters a mind that is active and receptive, and we become more productive. We can tackle challenges more easily. Our relationships benefit, and we tend to be happier. 

A positive attitude stems from positive thinking, and this is when you allow yourself to envision and expect things to go well rather than obsess about what could go wrong. It does not mean you deny difficulties and challenges, but instead offers a better lens through which to view things. Below we are going to discuss seven benefits that come with a positive attitude.

Benefits of a Positive Attitude

Benefits of Having a Positive Attitude

1.   A Positive Attitude Betters Our Health

When you have a positive attitude towards things, even something as taxing as stress becomes manageable, things will come your way in life, and you will have to deal with them.

Bills, job security, relationship difficulties are things everyone faces at some point, but if you have a negative attitude, the stress compounds and overwhelms you.

With a positive attitude, you can instead rectify the situation rather than agonize over the matter. The link between stress and our health has been researched, particularly the effects on the heart, and it has been discovered that people with positive attitudes have improved heart health.

So when obstacles and stress come your way, consider your health and instead take a deep breath, analyze the situation and seek out how best to solve it, rather than allow negativity to overcome you.

2.   A Positive Attitude Creates A More Active Mind

When you have a positive outlook on things, you want to learn more, experience more, and live more. You are more receptive to new ideas, and you are more likely to be willing to experience and try new things without worrying about failure. You want to engage with more and are curious about possibilities.

Your thinking also becomes more creative and constructive. Instead of merely seeing problems, you see challenges that push you to come up with solutions. And you will not be afraid to try and test new concepts.

This ultimately leads to innovation, and that is something the successful people of the world share. And it does not matter if your first idea fails, it will be a lesson, and you’ll be ready to get right back to it.

3.   A Positive Attitude Breeds Productivity

When you have a negative attitude and outlook, you tend to do the bare minimum and only be concerned with getting by. However, a positive-minded person will want to push themselves to do and achieve more in life. This usually begins with the setting and achieving of goals, first small, and then they begin to grow.

When you train your mind to focus on the positives, you also begin to reap results, and your faith in your abilities grows, thus propelling you forward. This applies not only in your work life, but in your personal life too. You will find that you achieve more in a day, and your drive to better yourself each day will increase.

4.   A Positive Attitude Helps You Tackle Challenges

Life is full of ups and downs, and how we address the difficult times can make all the difference. If you are stuck in the rut of a negative attitude, the challenges often seem that much worse, and they may become overwhelming. It is better to realize instead that everything passes in time and all we can do is persevere.

Likewise, when you are pursuing dreams and aspirations, you are going to come across stumbling blocks. However, the people who manage to succeed are those who manage to stay positive and push forward regardless of how dire things may seem. Keep your chin up,  remain focused, and your break will come.

5.   A Positive Attitude Equals Better Relationships

For most of us, we want to have positive and healthy relationships, whether with friends, work colleagues, or romantic interests. When we have a positive attitude, it helps us to navigate these waters better. We grow and nurture our relationships instead of letting them stagnate or wilt. 

When we have a positive attitude, our emotions tend to follow suit. Thus when we have disagreements or issues in the relationships, we are more inclined to offer positive reactions and seek to fix things rather than react negatively and to the detriment of others and ourselves.

6.   With A Positive Attitude You Will Be Happier

People who think positively and react to things in a positive way rather than negatively tend to be happier. This is quite logical as your whole outlook on life is different, regardless of your current circumstances. These people exude optimism regarding their lives and yet are also resilient against setbacks.

They are also more likely to accept when things don’t go their way and can see this as a lesson learned rather than being sour. They are also mindful of the things that truly matter and have a focus and drive that offers them a sense of purpose in life; a reason to push on.

7.   A Positive Attitude Leads To A More Fulfilling Life

This may or may not mean that you will have tremendous financial success, but there seems to be a correlation. People who have a positive attitude often do well in the workplace and stand out and elevate themselves above the crowd.

With a positive attitude, you are more driven and are more likely to persevere even after setbacks, whereas someone with a negative attitude would give up after the first few attempts. Additional positive people are more content with themselves and their lives and are continually making strides for betterment.   

Conclusion

Having a positive attitude goes deeper than merely being a generally happy and content person who enjoys life. It is the foundation and lens on which you build your life and see the world. If you embrace a positive mindset, it is easier to surmount your challenges and persevere.[2] As such, you will be far more likely to succeed than someone who maintains a negative attitude and harbors thoughts of giving up.

With a positive attitude you are likely to be a more personable individual, and people will be drawn to you. Your drive and determination will rub off and inspire others, and you will build happier and more wholesome relationships. With positivity as your bedrock, you are sure to grow from strength to strength and never be someone who stagnates. 

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – We understand that finding the motivation to stay positive is a real challenge, especially since their are so few external resources we can rely on to help us stay positive. Fortunately, we’ve created these handful of supporting resources to help encourage you and your pursuit of positive thinking:

The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of achievement, and support you as you strive to live your best life.

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