5 Key Benefits of Being Positive

sunshine-positive-lululemon-yogaOur hearts are like a safe in the energy bank of our bodies. We each have our own security personnel in the form of a personal energy field that protects us and determines how we feel, think and function. This energy field ensures the safety of our hearts. And since energy is everywhere and in everything we should learn how to make ongoing positive deposits into our happiness bank account.

I have studied the research on the beneficial effects of being positive and the negative affects of being negative. The research is clear. It really does pay to be positive and the benefits are numerous. The ancient yogis have been teaching this for thousands of years. Sutra 1.3 is translated as:

Yoga frees you from the drama, the tragedy, the saga your mind creates and allows you to experience your True Joyful Self…

We have a choice in being positive. For every minute we are angry, we lose sixty seconds of happiness. We must recognize as John Lembo says “Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act.”  Therefore the first step is to be aware of your mental habits. So often we don’t even realize we habitually catastrophize and trigger the stress response as a result.

We have the power to consciously develop a habit of looking for the good. A habit where you can expect people to treat you in a positive way. Why? Because through the way we think and act we teach other people how to treat us in return.

Jen Gray Blackburn writes,  ‎”You will find life a whole lot easier if you can keep in mind that most people are just trying to do the best they can.”  As yogis, it is our responsibility to decrease suffering and instead promote positivity expressed as love and compassion. This in turn strengthens our personal experience of universal joy and happiness.

Here are 5 key benefits to inspire you to practice being positive.

5 Benefits of Being Positive:

  1. Stress Reduction: Positive thoughts counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time. (Several Studies)
  2. Social Interaction: Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness. (Robert D. Putnam)
  3. Love: Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce. (John Gottman)
  4. Performance at Work: Positive people are able to see the big picture, which helps them identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems. (Barbara Fredrickson) Positive work environments outperform negative work environments. (Daniel Goleman) In the workplace positive people are more likely to receive greater support from their colleagues and as result receive pay raises and promotions more frequently. (Several Studies)
  5. Life Expectancy: Positive people live longer. (A Primer in Positive Psychology, Christopher Petersen, PhD)

Keep it positive!

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!


Screen Shot Front Silvia CardEditor’s note: This is a guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.

Silvia can be reached on the Web at www.alchemytours.com or www.silviamordini.com, or via email at silvia@alchemytours.com. Twitter: @alchemytours@inspiredyogagal; Facebook: Silvia Mordini; YouTube: lovingyourday; Pinterest: Silvia Mordini; Intagram: alchemytours.

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  2. Easier said than done! A big obstacle with being positive is the amount of negative self talk that goes on in autopilot that we even do not notice. The first step towards being positive is awareness of this chatter, understand the roots and clear it. Else it will be like covering shit with butter, however much you indulge in positive talk the stink is bound to come out and effect you.

  3. I agree with Aditya! You must become aware of how negative we are to ourselves and if you can control that you can focus more on being positive. I find that journalling really helps. Whether it is just keeping a daily journal or even release writing where I write all my emotions out, whether it is directed towards one specific thing or even towards a person and you never read it again and burn it to release the negativity. You can even release write to yourselves. Sometimes it makes you realize that you’re being ridiculously negative for no reason at all!

  4. Being positive is the best thing one can do to himself. I couldn’t agree more that for every minute we are angry, we lose sixty seconds of happiness.

    Think positive to make things positive. Thanks for sharing Silvia.

  5. There is no question positive thoughts are extremely beneficial. The problem is, our emotions are very powerful, influencing and derailing our disciplined attempt to do so. It’s due to this little gland called the amygdala, whose purpose was to warn ancient man of impending danger. As one psychologist put it, it performs in a way that’s Teflon for good news and Velcro for bad news. The solution he points out is we need to seek three happy situations for every negative one to overcome this biological tendency.

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    Thank you and God Bless

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  7. True. positive thoughts are good. But let’s don’t forget that if someone is using the same thoughts for a long time, they will not give as much positive energy and motivation as they used to. So every day or every week we should find some new positivities to help us keep our emotions high.

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  9. Totally agree with you! Think Positive, Be Positive and Positive things will happen. Positive minds live positive lives. Keep the positivity :D
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  10. Yes undoubtedly, positive thoughts are like energy booster and keeps you stress free. And Yoga plays a key role in balancing your thoughts in mind and meditation helps you to concentrate. But at the same time i would recommend you guys to do a little bit of body weight workouts also, as it helps to generate strength in your body.

  11. Yoga contains lot of health benefits.It teach me to think positive and confident.

  12. I have lot of problem in my work place because of negative thoughts.It helps me a lot to overcome from that.

  13. I strongly agree that being positive can increase performance at work. Earlier I had a negative attitude towards work and then I noticed that there were some people in my office who had a positive attitude and they always performed better than me.
    And that was the day, I decided to work on my attitude problem.

  14. Great article! I completely agree. I’ve been always an optimist and really don’t like negativity. Being positive has helped me to overcome many obstacles in my life. The best complement I often get is that I’m always happy and I’m always smiling. Well, I believe that it’s contagious. Thank you for sharing and lets keep smiling :-)

  15. Yes, sometimes I find myself asking, “why am I stressing about this?” Sometimes you can live more stress free if you tell yourself that things don’t have to be as bad or as big of a deal as you make it seem. It isn’t the end of the world. It always helps to be more optimistic about things.

  16. It’s truly incredible what a positive (or negative) mindset can do to your life, your productivity, your relationships – really everything. Even a subtle shift from positive to negative can send me back days! That’s why I start each day with some positive personal development reading and intention setting and end each day with gratitude. Bookending my days in this way has been really helpful to maintaining a positive attitude no matter what life throws at me!

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