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Got Positivity? 5 Reasons to Be Positive Backed by Science

Got Positivity? 5 Reasons to Be Positive Backed by Science

Whatever your situation, you have the power to reshape your life and the world around you for the better. You have, within you, the ingredients to be resilient, happy, and fulfilled. These ingredients are renewable. You just need to learn how to tap into them.

If you’re like I was not long ago, you’re missing the recipe to your best possible life. If you’re like I was, you don’t know what lies within you. You search for happiness in the wrong places. You look outside yourself to money, possessions, or status for fulfillment, but still feel like something’s missing.

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What can you add to your life that will help?

Positivity! 
Positivity comes in all shapes and sizes. Positivity comes from connection and love, creativity and humor, savoring and gratitude; it’s when you feel energized by an exciting new idea or hobby, or when you look in awe at the beauty of nature. Positivity comes from positive emotions like joy, peace, and inspiration. Positivity opens your heart and your mind to the world.

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Here are just a few reasons to add more positivity to your life:

1. Positivity feels good

Notice how much better you feel by simply watching a pleasant story on the news, compared to a sad one? This may seem obvious, but many of us seek out dark and depressing things in our lives. Feeling good motivates you to change for the better and to give back. When you’re feeling down, you can’t help but be defensive and only focus on your own needs. Feeling positive is a gift to share with others.

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2. Positivity changes the workings of your mind

Positivity not only changes the quality of thoughts in your mind, but also expands the boundaries of your mind. Positivity gives you the tools to bounce back and find new options in your life. Positivity keeps your focus on your larger goals and aspirations in life. Positivity increases your patience and compassion, and helps you to forgive sooner. Positivity enables you to let go of negative thoughts and to stay connected with those your love. Positivity means no matter how busy you get, you’ll always find time to phone home or check up on someone you care about.

3. Positivity brightens your future

Our positive emotions tend to fade, but increasing our experiences of positivity over time brings out the best in us. Positivity in your life tends to compound over time- you just need to build some momentum. Positivity increases resourcefulness, optimism, and resiliency. It also improves your relationships through allowing you to form better social connections.

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4. Positivity stops negativity in its tracks

In a split second negativity can ruin your day, but positivity can bring you back to a happier mindset. Positivity is like a second chance: it can take you from being angry at yourself for being late to work, to realizing how lucky you are to be employed. Positivity means making the best out of your circumstances- it’s what it takes to be resilient.

5. Positivity increases with practice

You have more influence over how you’re feeling moment-to-moment than you’d think. Just as you have the ability to be negative, you also have the ability to be positive. Increasing your happiness is just as much about not paying as much attention to the negative as it is tending to the positive aspects of your life. Making positivity a habit is how you open yourself up to seeing new possibilities, and learn to cope with setbacks and adversity. Learning to see the positive aspects of a situation is essential to living your best life.

Conclusion

Positivity doesn’t mean burying your head in the sand. It doesn’t prevent bad things from happening, but it can, nonetheless, make a very noticeable difference in your life. Whether you seek to increase pleasure and contentment, engagement and flow, or meaning and purpose, positivity can help you find what you’re looking for.

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5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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