We all know someone who spends their lunch break scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for motivational quotes. But let's not be so quick to judge. They might be onto something.
The power of positivity has weaved itself into the language of life without us even noticing. Its most prominent ambassadors claim it can literally transform life and even hardcore negative Nancy’s can’t resist decorating their social media accounts with the odd happy meme. Having a bad day? Put some positive pants on and deal with it.
So where have all of these positive vibes come from? Do the claims that they can do everything from increasing productivity to improving the way we feel about ourselves hold true? It certainly seems so. A Japanese scientist conducted a series of tests on the effect of positive and negative images and words on water. He noticed when freezing the water the crystals formed nicely when exposed to positive energy, but they became ugly and distorted when exposed to the negative. As we are made of 60% water he concluded that we are vulnerable to the same effects of positive and negative energy. Incredible eh?
Further studies have confirmed that embracing positive thoughts and surrounding oneself with positive people can improve productivity and mental health, and foster an overall sense of well-being. In fact, there are even courses on the subject! That is on top of the entire sections of bookstores dedicated to "self-help".
There are many different theories on how to make thinking positively work for you. The basis of a strongly accepted one is the reverse connection between success and happiness. So instead of insisting you will only be happy when you reach a certain goal, be it losing weight or a job promotion, focus on being happy without the attachment to the outcome. It rings true. We have all promised ourselves we will be stress-free and happier when we have achieved something only to get there and switch directions.
So how can we increase our positivity and mindset here and now? If we think of a cup full of positivity, the thoughts, images, and people we expose ourselves to can either fill that cup or drain it. So think happy thoughts, smile, surround yourself with optimistic “yes” people who support your dreams and allow your creativity to flourish. And while you are at it, why not fill other people's cups up by speaking positively and spreading the love?
Remaining positive seems to have a central role in ensuring we live our best lives. Ok, it can get to be a bit much when it seems the go-to come back for anything negative that’s happened. You know the types who have a witty one-liner for every situation. Lost your Job? Meant to be. Spilled some coffee over your favorite dress? It could have been worse. Your boyfriend has left the country? Oh, there’s plenty more fish in the sea. Equally, it can be hard to drum up the energy to spread positivity at times.
Sometimes one wants nothing more than to indulge in some self -pity with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, and it can feel amazing. Still, we have to admit that being positive just feels better. So breathe it in and exhale it back out, because a positive world is a much better one to live in.
To leave things on a positive note here is a few of our favorite quotes, go ahead fill your cup.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud - Maya Angelou.
Change your thoughts and you change your world - Norman Vincent Peale.
If you have good thoughts, they will radiate out of your face like sunbeams and you look lovely - Roald Dahl.