11 Benefits Of Being Positive

benefits of positivityBy Jon Gordon

Over the years I've done a lot of research on the positive effects of being positive and the negative effects of being negative. The research is clear. It really does pay to be positive and the benefits include enhanced health and longevity, happiness, career advancement, athletic performance, team building and financial success. Being positive is not just a nice way to live. It's the way to live. In this spirit, here are 11 benefits of being positive. (All the research comes from here).

1. Positive people live longer. In a study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived on average 10 years longer.

2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments.

3. Positive, optimistic sales people sell more than pessimistic sales people.

4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure.

5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions; when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce.

6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity.

7. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems.

8. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can't be thankful and stressed at the same time.

9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level.

10. Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness and longevity.

11. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and promotions and achieve greater success in the workplace.

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Jon Gordon is the author of The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity. His bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits and the proof is in the countless success stories shared by his clients.

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Mindless. Try "positive" in Las Vegas. Balance is what you want. If you wish to be postive at a funeral you can expect to get some very nomal and very nasty reactions. What this article is suggesting is that being cordial is the solution to life's problems. Look up a bio of Nicolai Tesla - a very unhappy man and see what you gained from his non-positive personality.

May 05 2012 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

people dont beleive that the way they look at things has everything to do with their future. a positive attracts a positive, a negative only brings more negative. perception is the key. its all about how we look at things that matter. when we can look past at how things are and percive them on how you want them to be, then by the LAW OF ATTRACTION, everrything must absolutely work out for you. there is no such things as accidents. everything happens for a reason. you tube, Aberham hicks

May 05 2012 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always tried to be a positive person while at work and it got me fired. Two of the people I worked with did not like that I was positive and happy and always tried to sabotage my work. I had a lot of customers who preferred to speak to me because I was a happier person and helped to make their days better. The two people who were also supervisors were jealous and did not like the attention and eventually got their way and had me fired. I worked for that company for 12 years and to this day cannot forgive the owner for listening to them and ignoring what I was saying.

May 05 2012 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Over and Out--Forever! Florkador @AOL.com

May 05 2012 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I try to be a realist, but I also try to laugh at most things. Even politics lol!! I love my wife, kids and grand kids and feel extremely blessed. At 67 I take no medicine (all medicine is poison it's just that the hope is it will kill what is wrong with you before it kills you lol again, so I stay away from it except for an advil now and then). So I definitely believe in being positive. It seems to have worked in my case.


May 03 2012 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I try 2 watch happy shows.no dramas.I need 2 4 there r to many negatives in the news.I need 2 b happy as others need 2 focus on whats right in thier world and others

May 02 2012 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Jennifer

Sounds like being positive is finding the positive even when dealing with negative situations. Life circumstances aren't always positive but we do have the choice to decide how we're going to respond to the upsets and assaults life throws at us...because it WILL throw them at us...and find the positive aspect from them so that we can grow and mature with grace and dignity.

May 02 2012 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Confused me...I thought the article was going to be about HIV positive.

May 02 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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