OK, maybe not ALWAYS, but let me tell you, Positive Patty seems to win a lot more often than Sour Sonia ever did. I don’t know if it’s cosmic karma or what, but ever since I jumped on the positivity wagon, things in my life just generally seem to go the way I want them to more often.
It’s simple things like beating another applicant for a great apartment, finding a sweet parking spot late at night, getting a break on a bill, selling myself well enough to get a pretty raise right when I needed it most, or just having a delivery come right when I need it.
Back in my Negative Nelly days, I feel like every little thing just seemed to go wrong. The negative thoughts seemed to snowball, and have real tangible effects on life events. Now positive thoughts seem to be having the same effect. Woah. This is much, much better!
It might sound a little kooky, but it seems like that whole, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it,” deal is pretty real. By no means am I suggesting nothing ever goes wrong in Sonia’s world, because it does. But even when that happens, I find that thinking positively helps me turn around that negative situation much faster, and turn it into something much better than what I originally hoped would happen.
And, if you don’t believe me, a stress management article on MayoClinic.com states that positive thinking and optimism actually provide a variety of health benefits like:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Speaking of positivity, hope also seems to be a helpful little tool in this life deal. The topic reminds me of a University of Manchester study I once wrote about in relation to hope and success entitled, Can hope get you further than smarts, grades and personality? The blog talks about a three-year study that investigated hope, intelligence, personality and grades in relation to achievement. The study actually found that hope often wins over the other factors when predicting success. Isn’t that something?
It looks like we really have a lot more control over our lives than we think. So perk up, clear those negative thoughts, and watch how positivity, hope, and all-around good vibes suddenly start to make things just a little easier. It’s sure working for me, and I’d love to see it change someone else’s life too!
Sonia, Word Share Junkie