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Make Yourself Happy

Yes, you can make yourself happy

If you have ever been to a self-help seminar or a talk by any of the gurus of happiness, you have heard how important positive thinking is, the value of positivity, etc. Well, back in 2004 Barbara L Fredrickson from University of Michigan wrote a paper on the theory of positive emotions. During her research, she discovered how negative emotions affect peoples’ minds. Her results indicated that:

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Positive Thinking results in Positive Outcomes

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on those things.”

Positive thinking impacts how we view ourselves, how we treat the people around us, and how we handle adversity. People who think positively are better able to manage stress and are better able to assess situations from multiple perspectives before taking action. Learning to think positively (and you can learn how) leads to using positive language, which allows for a positive and supportive work culture.

Positive thinking and optimism are some great ideas when you give them a little thought. (You prefer positive rather than negative people, right?) Easy to dismiss though, “positive thinking” is also a soft term. Out in the world, it seldom carries the same power as words like “grit” or “drive.”

That being said, research is revealing that positive thinking is about more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. A growing body of research indicates that positive thoughts essentially create real value in your life, helping you build skills that last.

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