10 Benefits Of Positive Mental Attitude
Someone once said in a song that we should “always look on the bright side of life.” But what are the benefits of smiling and seeing the good in things?
There are detractors of the concept of positive mental attitude. They say that sadness helps us to process the bad things that happen to us, and that everyone needs moments of grief to put things into perspective. It’s all part and parcel of the human experience.
However, having a positive mental attitude doesn’t mean that you constantly see only the good stuff and suppress all your other emotions like some happy-smiling android. It simply means that you’re willing to channel positive energy to make a difference in life.
People say that it’s so easy to be negative. We work long hours at a job that stresses us out, and the world is falling apart.
But it’s only easy to be negative if we allow ourselves to interpret everything that happens to us negatively.
The way you interpret the world is very different from how the world actually is, and it’s your interpretation that can either empower or disempower you. For example, if your partner is home late one night, do you fret that he has met another woman and demand he returns this instant, or are you pleased that he’s obviously enjoying himself?
How you interpret things can dictate your happinesses and your successes. If you want to channel more positive energy, let’s take a look at 10 benefits of having a positive mental attitude.
You Feel Motivated
What is life without motivation?
When you approach life with a positive mental attitude, every single day becomes an opportunity for you to do something exciting and make great strides. You’re excited to get out of bed (maybe you’ll even spring out of bed early), and you’re ready to accomplish things and seize the day.
Motivation is a wonderful thing. It’s the mechanism that gets the wheels turning, and gives us a reason to want to tackle things with gusto and enthusiasm. It gives our life a purpose and makes it more exciting.
Without positivity, there really is no motivation.
You Do Better At Work
If you’re feeling positive, you mood lifts and even your job performance improves. All of a sudden, you start to actually enjoy work! You recognise that you’re adding value, that you’re a key employee, and that you’re getting paid for this – awesome!
A positive attitude at work also lifts the spirit of those around you. Before you know it, you’ll be so productive that you might even get the afternoon off!
You Have Less Stress!
For many, having less stress is surely the number one benefit of adopting a positive mental attitude.
Workplace stress is especially a mood killer, but the truth is that any kind of stress – whether it’s related to our health or relationships et cetera – can really bring us down, sapping our spirit and energy, and making us question the point of anything.
When we’re stressed, life becomes hard. But a lot of the time, stress is a result of anxiety and a negative “I can’t do this” attitude. Once you adopt a positive mental attitude, you begin to take the proverbial bull by the horns. You get on top of things so they can’t get on top of you.
And you quit all the needless worrying. Instead, you focus on what can go right and not on what can go wrong. It’s incredibly liberating!
You Find Solutions
When you stop being negative, you leave the problems behind and focus on finding the solutions.
Your Health Improves
When you feel positive about life, you actively want to improve your health. You want to live life to its fullest, which means living longer and doing the things that will help to that end.
Positive people generally avoid junk food that can bring our mood down. They want to be positive about their mental health but also about their physical health.
Very often, positivity and improved health go hand in hand.
You See Opportunities Everywhere
Whereas previously you saw only obstacles and blockades, you now see opportunities.
Whereas previously you saw failure, you now see the chance to grow.
It’s amazing, but when you adopt a positive mental attitude, opportunities suddenly open up everywhere. It’s as though you train your brain to miss opportunities when you’re feeling negative. But the moment you start saying “I’m going to ace life” your brain wakes up and starts spotting opportunities.
You Meet Fab People
Tired of hanging around energy vampires? Be more positive and you’ll meet some great people. The doors will swing open.
You Feel Better About Yourself
A major stumbling block to personal happiness is low self-esteem. When we don’t particularly like ourselves, we find it hard to achieve success.
Positivity is infectious, and when you start feeling positive about yourself, your newfound confidence takes you to places you never dreamed of. All of a sudden, you’re going on dates with amazing guys, networking like a pro, and getting out more.
You Have More Energy
If you ask people what they’d like to have more of, one of the things that often gets mentioned is energy. We all could do with a bit more fuel. We’re tired of being tired. We’re fed up of stumbling through our mornings before napping mid-afternoon. We’re sick of not having the energy to keep up with life’s demands.
Your mind and body are interconnected, and your mindset can have a strong impact on how energised you feel.
Think about it. If you’re wallowing in negativity, you’ll walk around with slumped shoulders. You’ll drag your feet and hunch your back.
If, however, you’re full of positive vibes, you’ll bounce around like a jack-in-the-box. You’ll be ready to race up those stairs instead of taking the elevator up a floor.
Your outlook on life really can affect how energetic you are. The more positive you feel about things, the more energy you’ll have.
You Feel Happier!
Lastly, when you approach life with a positive mental attitude you attain the one thing we all want – happiness!
Positive people know that life is no fun when we’re gloomy. They recognise that life is a gift, one they’re determined to unwrap every single day.