The Power of Positivity

A simple way to make your life better

What if there was something you could do that doesn’t cost you anything, requires no special talents, and could improve your day along with the days of those around you?

There is — positivity.

It might sound hokey or contrived, but positivity can actually have a large impact on your day-to-day life — and you likely don’t realize it. A study from the University of Michigan found that positive emotions build an individual’s physical, intellectual, and social resources.

The thing is that not every day is going to be a great one. There may be people at your office that annoy you, or clients that you have to deal with that are frustrating (let’s take a moment for all the freelancers out there). Everyone has their problems and it is easy to find an assortment of things that are wrong with your day or that could have been better.

The problem is that this mindset doesn’t do anything to improve the situation. You can always find something to complain about if you are actively looking.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
-Abraham Lincoln

The action that actually improves your day is being positive. In the same way that parts of your day can be perceived as negative, they can also be seen in a positive light. The key is to celebrate your successes and keep them in mind to motivate you along your day. Be happy with what you do have and work to make things even better. Empowering yourself by finding the intrinsic value in what you do can give you the drive that makes you stand out from the crowd (and likely increase your job performance).

The next step is to then share your positivity with others. This may seem like an effort, but even small actions such as greeting others with a smile can sometimes make their day that much better.

If you make people happy when they are around you, then it can create a positive feedback loop that makes them want to be around you more. In the context of a job, this can strengthen your place within the organization. In my experience, being friendly and cheerful with co-workers has led them to show more kindness and care towards me, which ends up making my day better as well.

So, if you are in doubt — get out there and try spreading some positivity!