A Glass Half Full is More Likely to Quench Your Thirst
I’m sure we’ve all heard the cliché, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” The answer to this question can give someone a sneak peek of what type of person you are. The two most common perceptions you can transmit with either answer are pessimism and optimism. Both have an important impact on how someone can regard you as you try to build a relationship. Nobody likes negativity or pessimism in life, especially in a professional relationship for that matter. But positivity on the other hand, now that is welcomed and appreciated with open arms! Everyone enjoys a workspace or relationship where positivity and optimism reign supreme. The impact of positivity doesn’t go unnoticed, trust us, we have all experienced the way that someone’s positivity made our day or lightened our mood. This mindset is important in any situation, from work to your personal life. With a positive attitude, any team can bounce back from a hit by making adjustments, rolling up their sleeves and going after the next one.
Positivity is Contagious
It’s the little things in life that really stick in your mind, like simply saying, “thank you” to a coworker or acknowledging someone for their efforts. It’s these small actions that carry tremendous power to boost someone’s morale. These same gestures are essential in creating and building relationships with potential clients, friends or anyone, really. When meeting someone for the first time, we all appreciate a smile, eye contact and a positive attitude. These gestures help build trust with that person and are often appreciated and mirrored, which in return can benefit you greatly. In a working environment, when a client or co-worker knows what to expect from you in any exchange, especially when that expectation is positivity, they will enjoy being around you. This makes it easier for them to listen to you and to trust that you are going to follow through with what you said. In any business, a positive outlook is key to growth and success. For example, if you own a market that is selling apples and your excitement about your apples comes through as you explain how fresh and healthy your apples are, it will radiate to the consumer and they will become excited as well. Their excitement will not only influence them to buy more apples, but they will be so excited that they will go and tell their friends about the fresh and healthy apples that they just purchased at your market. These friends will be excited to get their very own apples, ultimately, growing your market’s apple business. Through positivity, your brand can listen, speak up and build stronger bonds.
Science Says So
In case you are yet to be convinced that thinking positively is the best way to live, let’s back it up with some facts. It’s scientifically proven that the act of laughing, or even smiling, can decrease stress hormones such as cortisol while lowering blood pressure and ultimately boosting your mood. The pioneer behind the scientific aspect of positivity is Barbara Fredrickson, a social psychologist and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson has developed the Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions, which provides great insight on positivity and its long-term effect on your cognitive flexibility, or behavioral options. This means emotions influence the body both mentally and physically. When you are expressing positive emotions like happiness, joy and love, even if it is just felt for a moment, you are building resources, or personal attributes, that become more useful over time. For example, Fredrickson’s study exposed people to positive emotion, negative emotion or no emotion. The people who were exposed to positive emotion were, as a result, more creative and inventive than the people in the other groups. As a result of being exposed to positivity, this group developed beneficial traits, like creativity, which will ultimately lead to better social bonds, abilities and a fuller life. Whether you’re at work or living life, positivity can help you grow as a person and provide you with skills to seize great social and personal opportunities.
Positivity is Key
So, all in all, positivity is great! It may not always be the easiest emotion to capture, but it is the one that will benefit you the most. Next time you are faced with the age-old question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” think about Barbara Fredrickson and the influence of optimism. Stick to the brighter side of life and you’ll never be steered wrong. I hope this positivity pep talk helps fill your cup and turn that frown upside down! : ) If you’re interested in more life hacks or helpful tips, please feel free to Contact us!