This week we continue to explore the 8 key gains of adopting a positive outlook.

 

The 8 gains of a positive outlook:

 

5.       Positivity sees failure as opportunities to learn and grow. Any possible failures are seen as learning curves which can help us to see where we went wrong and enable us to adjust our future approach to goals, situations or problems accordingly.

 

6.      Critically, positive people focus on finding solutions to problems rather than negative people who can be more myopic and focus on the problem itself without a wider, outcome focussed approach.

7.      You exhibit more self-esteem and confidence. Your positive regard for both yourself and others results in a higher level of both self-esteem and confidence. If you find that this is not the case and your self-regard is low and your inner critic is still quite active please read my Tiny Buddha article ‘Learning to love yourself: 3 Steps to Instantly Boost Your Self-Esteem’ or, if you would like to work on your self-esteem in more depth, please refer to the CCI workbook ‘Improving Self-Esteem’.

 

8.      Finally positivity makes us happy. Someone with a positive outlook will constantly be looking for and finding the positive in every situation, and as a general rule, the more we look, the more we find. With so much positive evidence being found in life experience we tend to feel more grateful and much happier than our negative counterparts. Positive people really are happier!

 

Stay tuned, next Monday we’ll discover all the ways that we can practise more positivity in our lives!

 

Are you generally a positive person or do you struggle to remain positive? How do you think your outlook impacts your happiness? Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Exercises:

 

Write down the benefits of a positive outlook that you would like to cultivate in your life from this and last weeks entries so you know why you want to practise being more positive

 

Further Resources:

 

‘Discovering the Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale

Positively Positive – a blog dedicated to positivity!