This year has brought an immense amount of change to our lives due to the pandemic and other prominent world events. If you told us that you’re feeling more negative lately, we’d say, “You’re only human.” Why? Because research shows that humans are “hardwired” for negativity.
But, don’t let that get you down! Research also supports the idea that the people around you can greatly influence your emotions. So, if less negativity is what you’re after, surround yourself with positive friends! Here are some of the benefits that could come from all this positivity:
Better Stress Management
According to one literature review, “positive thinking increases the ability to deal with stressors effectively.” So, if your friends are bringing more positivity into your life, it’s safe to say that they are also helping you to better cope with life’s stressors!
Improved Physical Health
According to psychologist Shilagh Mirgain, positivity can benefit your physical health. She explains, “Having strong, positive social support is one of the most important factors in predicting the physical health and well-being in people of all ages.” In sum, pick positive friends; your health will thank you!
Can positivity really affect your life’s success? It’s likely! According to Art Markman, PhD, “Overall, when people are happy, they put in more effort to create a better future for themselves than when they are not happy.” So think positively, put in the effort, and you’ll be poised to see additional success. Having positive friends by your side will only reinforce your positivity on this journey. Quality friendships may even strengthen your resilience, which could lead to even greater success!
American political scientist Robert D. Putnam said, “Positive people have more friends which is a key factor of happiness and longevity.” If positive friends can make you more positive, and as a result, you gain more friends, then you’ll likely be able to pass your positivity onto new friends and keep this positivity rolling. So, pay it forward with positivity, and see how it can benefit your life and the lives of those around you!
Choose your friends wisely; their display of positivity—or lack thereof—could have a very significant impact on you. Emotions are somewhat contagious, and by choosing positive people in your life, you could greatly benefit! So enjoy your positive friends, along with any beneficial consequences of better stress management, improved physical health, more success, and more friends—especially at Corona Pointe!