This Month’s Focus: Happiness & Positivity
Having a positive outlook in life enables many to cope better with stressful situations and in turn, lowers rates of depression, and distress and builds a greater resistance to illnesses.
Did you know?
Even pasting on a smile, whether you feel like it or not, and stretching those facial muscles will cause your autonomic nervous system to activate, releasing feel-good brain chemicals.
Check out this article to learn more: Fake It Till You Make It.
By the Numbers
67.8% experienced toxic positivity from someone in the past week.
What is toxic positivity? It is inauthentic happiness and can cause people to become less successful, more selfish and damage relationships.
Being positive and having a positive outlook in life is important for one’s mental wellbeing, but life is not always positive. Toxic positivity denies people the authentic support they need to cope with that they are facing.
53% experienced toxic positivity anywhere from 1-3 times in the last week.
Source: The Science of People.
There are so many health benefits when it comes to positive thinking. Some of these health benefits include:
- Increased life span
- Better mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing
- Lower rates of depression
- Reduced risk of death from cancer
- Better coping skills during times of stress and hardships
It is so important to understand that positive thinking does not mean disregarding or ignoring your emotions and stressful situations. Some positive thinking habits include: following a healthy lifestyle, being open to humor, surrounding yourself with positive people, and giving yourself positive self-talk.
Check out this Forbes article to learn more: 7 Ways You Can Have More Happiness And Positivity In Your Life.
Reads & Soundbits
- Read: Flourish by Martin E.P. Seligman
- Read: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- Read: The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
- Podcast: “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin