Why is positivity so important? And how do you grow yours? Find out here.
The Power of Positivity
Future-oriented positivity can also be powerful. For example, optimism can lead to better social relationships and a better ability to cope with stress.
Examples of Positivity
Paying Attention to the Positive
Power of Positivity Practices
Here are some practices that can help you increase your positivity:
Write a Self-Compassion Letter
Practice Positive Reappraisal
Experience a Positivity Meditation
When Positivity Might Backfire
For example, putting pessimists
into a positive mood not only hurts performance, but it can also actually make
them feel more anxious. Sometimes we use worry and other negative outcomes to
help us. Also, suppression and other forms of emotional avoidance are not good
So, if positivity doesn't feel right for you, or doesn't feel right in a specific situation, that's okay.
How to Boost the Power of Positivity
What positive qualities do you have?
What strengths do you have?
What are you grateful for?
What do you have to look forward to (or what can you create so you do have things to look forward to)?
In Sum : Capitalizing on the Power of Positivity
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