Stay Positive Even With All Of The Negative
It is hard to stay positive when all we hear about is that the war continues in the east. Oil prices are skyrocketing. Crime is on the rise. Global warming may bring about disaster….
If you have listened to the news or read the newspaper, you would think that the world coming to an end may not be such a bad thing. We get bombarded every day with negative news stories. Often to the point where we see the world as a very difficult place to live. For some, it may get to the point of wondering why any sane person would bring a child into this world.
All of this negativity has an impact. It impacts our outlook, our relationships and our health. Negativity is contagious and a major mental health hazard.
How To Stay Positive and Find A Balance To The Negative
We need to balance these negative news stories with positive and inspirational stories. Positive stories and experiences have a positive impact on our mental health. A recent review of more than 160 studies on the connection between those who could stay positive and and overall health and longevity. Happier people enjoy better mental health and longer lives. In fact, evidence linking an upbeat outlook and enjoyment of life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity, according to the review published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency and Celebrating National Inspirational News Week:
- Stay positive and make sure that you don’t get sucked into the negativity that is around you
- Be proactive and look for the positive ‘stories’. There are websites that are dedicated to positive news worthy stories…like the story of the elderly couple who donated their $11 M lottery winnings or the 3 million trees that were planted to reforest a conservation area that was burned out.
- Share these stories. Use social media such as FaceBook and Twitter to make others aware of the good things that are happening around the world. Who knows who you may inspire.
- Watch what you share and with who. We need to be informed and I am not suggesting that we keep our ‘head in the sand’ when it comes to difficult issues. But, being informed and having a productive discussion with others is very different that just sharing bad news and difficult world situations just for the sake of sharing or complaining.
- Watch what you share with your children. We can easily skew their perception of the world if we only share the negative. Inspire them with stories of how others have taken on a difficult situation and found ways to overcome.
It is important to stay positive. Remember: Negative breeds negative and positive can inspire positive. Click to tweet
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