Many scientists and researchers have found that there are countless benefits of having a positive mindset. We've gone through their researched and gathered some for you right here! With unleashing the power of positivity comes:
Those with increasing positive views on life will have decreasing stress levels until it reaches the point where it no longer exists in your life. Positive people are also more resilient when facing challenges. All the more so, if one is stressed, he or she will be blinded of all that beauty that is in life.
Positive people gain increased support from others and are more likely to receive more promotions and salary raises. Additionally, a positive mindset makes success seem easier than people make it to be.
It has been found that positive work environments outperform negative work environments and positive sales-people are more likely to sell more than pessimistic sales-people. This is because positivity is contagious and there is a boost in motivation.
Positive people have a broader perspective on life and are therefore able to see the big picture, which helps them identify solutions. On the other hand, negative people focus on problems because they have narrower perspectives. In other words, positive people turn problems into opportunities, recognizing the ability to change and grow.
Positive vibes boost one’s immune system, causing a greater resistance to the common cold and smaller chances of experiencing depression or other illnesses. Additionally, it improves the outcomes of various conditions including strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and brain tumors.
Expressing positive emotions causes an individual to live longer up to 10 years longer, as found in a study with nuns. Experiencing less diseases, which is a result of bad thoughts, helps life become more enjoyable.
Being positive is not always an easy thing to do. However, if we start slowly and keep at it, it will become second nature.
This post was written by Fortune Cohen, who is a part of the Project Goodness team.
“I wish I could transplant your brain into my head, this way I can see things as you do,” said one of my friends recently.
For almost 4 years I’ve been paying extra attention to inspiring and uplifting messages that surround us –and then documenting and sharing some of my finds on Instagram.
This makes a lot of sense, and there is science to back it up. Neuroplasticity* research has shown that our Brain’s neuronal connections change according to what we repeatedly do/think.
What I’ve learned so far is that focusing on what lifts us up, what’s going well, our personal definition of goodness comes with a certain overflowing quality.
I promise you this, stick with it for a while and things will start to shift. And ultimately it will become the way you approach life. You'll be the same person with a new brain, thanks to this non-surgical brain transplant "tequnique".
*For more on this facinating topic, pick up The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
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Why it is so important to get to know what Goodness means to us, and to those around us...
When we look out for goodness, it looks out for us. Watch to find out how!
Just about a year and a half ago, I started #projectgoodness, a community dedicated to noticing and adding to the goodness that surrounds us always. I wanted to invite everyone to engage in a practice that changed my life, the practice of actively taking note of the goodness in myself, those around me, and my environment. The idea behind #projectgoodness is that its about your attention and where you put it. Sure there are all kinds of things happening in and around us, things we sometimes can’t control, but our attention is ours and we can point it (like an arrow!) towards what lifts us up. Towards goodness. So far hundreds of goodness packs, and thousands of stickers, have been sent out. It is through your support, words of encouragement, and passion for noticing and adding to the goodness that surrounds us always, that I continue to be inspired, and continue to look forward to sharing in all that is to come with you.
Sometimes the easiest way is the best way
This is something I've lived through creating a website and designing the #projectgoodness stickers. At the start, I thought making my own website would be too hard, being that I had no idea where to even begin! I then found Weebly, which was easy to use and super user friendly. It was and continues to be a work in progress, and for me having it exist (in real life, and not just in my mind) is the BEST! As for the stickers, I prolonged making them for a some time due to my nonexistent Illustrator skills. After some time of them being an idea I, impulsively, opened pages and played around with some fonts and shapes. I sent in my design to a stickermule, and bam! The first generation of goodness stickers were born. Sure the sticker could of been made through taking "harder" approach, but for me, having them exist, like withgoodness.com, was the BEST!
It was and continues to be a work in progress, and for me having it exist (in real life, and not just in my mind) is the BEST!
Doubt has no place in trying to make "it" happen:
That was something I kept reminding myself. Doubt cannot be invited to the meetings/brainstorming sessions. Sure there are ways the doubt can support the main idea, and help in pinpoitning possible problems and solutions, but for me, I found that with doubt came discouraging thoughts, that didn’t serve me or the project. In the words of my dad, “you have to think a little unrealistically, in order to make it happen.”
In the words of my dad, “you have to think a little unrealistically, in order to make it happen.”
A little encouragement goes a long way
On days where I needed it most, I found encouragement left by others (in my inbox, on a street corner, as a comment or post on instagram) as being the thing that lifted me up, and pushed me forward. I try to be an encourager, because over the past few years that I've been paying attention to it (goodness), I've found that the encouragement of others, effected me and my days in such a positive way. By practicing encouraging others, you never know whose day you might make! And the ripple effect that it might have!
On days where I needed it most, I found encouragement left by others (on a street corner, in my inbox, as a comment or post on instagram) as being the thing that lifteded me up, and pushed me forward.
Since starting to document the goodness that surrounds us always, I have come to notice more goodness in me and those around me. It has totally changed the way I go about my day, and increased the gratitude and overall positive regard towards all things.
Its about your attention and where you put it
Becoming aware of the goodness in yourself, those you care about, and in your surroundings with help train your brain to focus, and see, goodness in most people/situations/environments. Focusing on that goodness will make life’s ups more enjoyable and life’s downs more bearable.
Having the dream is the first step
I used to think that the dream didn’t count, and that one I acted on it, then I was on my way. I now see having the dream, as being on the way to making it come true.
It happened today as I got off the 5 train. Among a bunch of people going about their days’ was a person (I’m almost 100% sure she was a tourist) posing for a picture looking extatic to be on an NYC subway platform. Witnessing this got me thinking about ways in which we could keep that special kind of “tourist enthusiasm” and excitement around for everyday activities, like commuting.
When we travel, we strive to get the full experience of being in a foreign land. There is something enchanting about doing the things that locals do (like take public transportation) and going to the places that locals go to. We find splendor in their “regular” things. Yet, when we visit those places, there is something (besides for any language difference) that separates us from the bunch, and makes it easy for anyone to label us a *tourist* - and that is our excitement! And the same is true for our own "tourist radar." Chances are you can sense if someone is a tourist right off the bat.
So I leave you with this question: What would our days look like if we were as excited as the girl I saw on the subway platform today, about life, and our everyday experiences? If we approach the things we do every day like it's the first time we are doing them, with a tourist's sense of wonder.
I will be trying to bring my "tourist enthusiam" along everyday , and I encourage you to do the same! And keep in mind the marker for success - To be mistaken for a tourist! I hope I am, and I hope you are too!
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We are constantly reminded, through the goodness we receive from others, the potential we each hold to make a difference in someone's day.
I decided recently that I wanted to make an extra effort to really “be” with the people I’m with, to cherish our time together, and be fully present with them.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized how many places this idea is applicable. It’s important to be with ourselves, the people around us, our feelings, our emotions, and our experiences – fully and completely, and a part of that is accepting them, as they are.
What does being entail?
We don't need to learn to be. Being is something we are. It is an ability that resides within us all, though sometimes it can get lost between the hustle and bustle of life. So if we want to be, we need to think about returning to our natural state of being, where we can be fully present with ourselves, our feelings, and our people, as well as accepting all just as it is in that moment.
Why practice being?
By being with people around us, as they share their experiences with us, we convey empathy, they feel understood, and the connection between us and them gets strengthened.
How to practice being
Places to start
When you wake up in the morning
Before going to bed
Meals with friends and family
(This list is just the beginning for where I’m choosing to start this practice. I’d love to hear where you plan to start!)