DEAR SELF

The Power of Positivity

No one wants to be known as the “Negative Nancy,” the person notorious for scattering pessimism. According to Jon Gordon, author of The Positive Dog, “We all have two dogs inside of us. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic, and hopeful. The other dog is negative, mad, sad, pessimistic, and fearful. The dog who wins is the one you feed the most. You have to feed the positive dog inside you and starve the negative dog.”
After extensive research, Jon Gordon compiled a list of the benefits of being positive. Once you comprehend the significance of being positive, the journey to exuding positivity begins. Happiness is a choice. Choose positivity, choose happiness.

Jon Gordon’s 11 Benefits of Being Positive
1. Positive people live longer. In a study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived an average of 10 years longer than those who didn’t (Snowdon, 2001).

2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments (Goleman, 2011).

3. Positive, optimistic salespeople sell more than pessimistic salespeople (Seligman, 2006).

4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).

5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5-to-1 ratio of positive to negative interactions, whereas when the ratio approaches 1-to-1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce (Gottman, 1999).

6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are resilient when facing stress, challenges, and adversity.

7. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture, which helps them identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems (Fredrickson, 2009).

8. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time.

9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).

10. Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness and longevity (Putnam, 2000)

11. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others, receive pay raises, promotions, and achieve greater success in the workplace.

By Krystal Ketcham
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