POSITIVE THINKING. HERE WE GO.
Without further ado (and as requested on Twitter Polls), I give you; Positive Thinking.
Barbara Fredrickson is a researcher at the University of North Carolina who studies Positive Psychology. She published a paper on the effects of positive and negative thoughts on your mind and body. The following are in her findings.
Negative Thoughts and Effects
Fredrickson compared negative thoughts to certain scenarios.
The first included the response of your body/mind when in the presence of a wild, flesh-eating tiger. The paper discussed that the only responses your body had in the situation was fight or flight. Essentially, are you going to run? or not? The odd thing is, those are the only two options when faced with this situation. You are consumed with this decision, that you can only focus on this and nothing else. A more understandable situation that was compared to this was fighting with a close friend. Unfortunately, I can speak from experience and this is very true. When fighting with a close friend, you end up being consumed with this problem, and can't focus on other things.
So, conclusion of this section ends with 3 points
1. You do not want to be "shutting off the outside world and limiting the options around you" (soooo, limit these feelings of hopelessness)
2. Both situations elicited effects of focus and narrow mindedness
3. Negative thinking and dwelling only will "narrow your mind and focus your thoughts"
Positive Thoughts and Effects
An experiment was conducted to see whether or not positive thoughts actually produced positive results.
Five different groups were created and were images that were of different feelings.
1) Neutral 2) Joy 3) Contentment 4) Fear 5) Anger
After given the pictures, all groups were asked the same question:
"I would like to ____" with 20 blank spaces below to fill in.
As it turns out, the groups with the images that displayed fear and anger produced the least amount of answers and the groups that were shown pictures of contentment and joy wrote down a significantly higher number of responses.....so essentially this means that just focusing on positive emotions will give you a better outlook on life and you will see more possibilities! Great right?
What you can do to be more positive (Psychology Today):
1) Practice Gratitude- Say thank you!
2) 2 Steps Forward- For every bad thing or bad thought that comes your way, counteract it with two things you are happy about.
3) Positive Posture- look up "Different power poses," and practice them! They are proven to help your mood
4) Smile- Nothing better than your pearly whites, show em off
5) Ditch the Crabs- Surround yourself with more positive vibes and not those who suck the fun out of your life!
6) Do Something Kind- think of others!
I want to leave you with a few reminders.
~You do not have to be positive or happy all the time.
~Look on the positive sides of things when you can.
~You, yes you, are wonderful.
Sometimes I say, "Life sucks and then you die," but it is NOT true. Life is great and enjoy it.
Keep it positive!
Until next time, MeredithMariah
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