Positivity for better health

Positivity for better health

Research suggests that happiness and optimism influence positive life outcomes as much as it is a byproduct.

In a study, enthusiastic, cheerful people experienced less memory decline with age. A positive outlook boosts immune responses while reducing the likelihood of heart attacks or other coronary problems.

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Being around happy, enthusiastic people makes us happier and more enthusiastic ourselves, leading to less stress and increased energy.

Rather than asking how we can get happier, we should ask how we can make people around us happy. Positive changes in your life will have a ripple effect on others.

We should not ignore life's difficulties or even view every rain cloud as a cotton-candy-laced fantasy. Without realism, positivity can become dangerous to our well-being.

One study found that participants who set realistic expectations had higher well-being than those who set unrealistic expectations based on overly positive attitudes. Being realistic about your future can bring a sense of well-being.

If emotions are contagious, so are positive social connections.

Researchers found that social relationships, social support, and social acceptance helped develop positive self-esteem throughout people's lives. A positive feedback loop accumulates over time.

Research shows that people typically use language to inject a positivity bias. They also found that people generally use more happy words than sad words.

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Limit your use of social media

Commit to not checking social media during meals with family and friends, and when playing with children or talking with a partner. 

Make sure social media doesn’t interfere with work, distracting you from demanding projects and conversations with colleagues. In particular, don’t keep your phone or computer in the bedroom–it disrupts your sleep.

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Using social media can interrupt and interfere with in-person communications

  • Commit to not checking social media during meals and when playing with children or talking with a partner. 
  • Make sure social media doesn’t interfere with work
  • Don’t keep your phone or computer in the bedroom – it disrupts your sleep.

Positive psychology: the "science of happiness"

The "science of happiness" was born as a result of Martin Seligman's (the father of positive psychology) endeavour to approach psychology beyond the idea of restoring normality in individuals and to look at happiness and contentment as ways to not only restore normality, but also to prevent and protect as well as potentially cure.

Positive psychology has three main areas: Generation of both short and long term healthy pleasures, joy obtained through the connection with others and happiness that comes from a meaningful life.

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