I loved this video as soon as I watched it. The message is very up lifting yet only a handful of people have seen it. I wonder what would happen if CNN ran nothing but inspirational videos just for one week. I wonder how much the planet would be up lifted.
Studies have shown the positive effects of installing a positive outlook to life.
Watch the video first, then come back for some tips on how you can strengthen your positive mindset.
Don’t you feel better?
To figure out how to improve your level of positive feeling I found this great little quiz to give you an idea of your positivity quotient.
Once you know where you are, you can work to make those small daily improvements to light up your life.
Here is a screen shot from a Study done at Department of Psychology, University of Michigan by Barbara L. Fredrickson.
In the video you see a wonderful quote from Winnie the Pooh.
“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh”
Source A A Milne
I love anything Winnie the Pooh.
Here is a great little book I highly recommend. Its called: The Tao of Pooh
Which I think makes for a good start on boosting your positivity quotient.
1 Start You Day With a Positive Statement.
One of my first coaches suggested a really simple method.
Clap your hands together while announcing to the world. “I’m having a great day.”
If that seems a little over the top for you,try the Pooh quote.
Print it out. Stick it to a mirror or some other obvious place where you will see it and be reminded to say it every morning.
The possibilities are endless. Find something that matches your unique personality.
The important aspect of this exercise is to capture the energy from that rush of positive emotion.
Here’s another reinforcing positive habit:
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2 Meditation Every Day
The beneficial effects of meditation are well-known: reduced stress, lower high blood pressure, increased ability to focus, reduce aging, and many more.
In a study conducted by Barbara L. Fredrickson she found that:
“Results showed that this meditation practice produced increases over time in daily experiences of positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms). In turn, these increments in personal resources predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.“
Many people have objections to meditation, or believe certain myths about meditation which hold them back from getting all these benefits.
I created an info graphic on these myths. See below.
As you can see not having time is one of the biggest objections. There is a 12 minute solutions which I recommend.
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3 Positive Journaling At Least Once a Week
Here is a screen shot done by the Journal of Research in Personality
I’ve long advocated Journaling as an important aspect of understanding our spiritual journey.
Now research shows that writing about intensely positive experiences produces measurable health benefits including a more positive mood and fewer health issues. These benefits were measured after a three-month period!
Time to dust off the journal, or create a journal online. A Google Search for Journaling online will give you lots of choices, or take a look at this article 5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out
A practice developed around enhancing your positive mindset will produce many healthful benefits in your life.
What do you do to create a positive mindset in your life?