What is the benefit of having a positive attitude? That’s an easy question to answer when you consider the wealth of research that backs up this single psychological concept. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other specialists have studied positive attitudes for decades and found it to be beneficial in so many ways that it’s hard to believe more people don’t adopt a positive attitude themselves! Here are just some of the benefits of a positive attitude you can look forward to if you decide to adopt one yourself. etc.
- You Are More Likely to Succeed
- People Like Working With Positive People
- Your Health Improves
- You Feel Happier All Day Long
- You Get Better at Problem Solving
- You Seem More Confident
- Others Think Less About Their Problems When They’re Around You
- How Does Attitude Affect Motivation?
- Here are some important factors that affect your motivation and your ability to work.
You Are More Likely to Succeed
Life is full of challenges. The secret to success isn’t how you deal with them, but how you approach them. If you expect to run into roadblocks on your journey, it’s much easier to be positive about them. If your attitude is positive, you are more likely to succeed than if your attitude is negative. A positive attitude might not guarantee success, but it can help make sure failure doesn’t get in your way either.
People Like Working With Positive People
Your positivity will affect how others view you. If you have a positive attitude, people around you are more likely to trust and respect your opinions. And when people trust and respect your opinions, they’re much more willing to work with you. This in turn makes them more receptive to ideas from you—and also puts them in a better mood when dealing with stressful situations, which increases productivity and creativity on both sides.
Your Health Improves
A positive attitude can directly influence your physical health. According to research, people with a positive attitude have lower rates of heart disease and longer life expectancies than their less optimistic counterparts. This is because individuals with optimistic dispositions are more likely to be compliant with their doctor’s orders and advice, which helps them live longer lives.
You Feel Happier All Day Long
When you have a positive attitude towards life, you spend your day feeling more positive. This makes it easier to deal with negative people and situations throughout your day. You tend to think that everything will work out for the best (even when it doesn’t). When things go wrong, you won’t feel down about them. And when good things happen, you will enjoy them more. This can help you maintain strong mental health throughout your day!
You Get Better at Problem Solving
Studies show that people with a positive attitude are better problem solvers. By focusing on ways to make things work, you’re better able to come up with innovative solutions for sticky situations. The key is to always think about how problems can be overcome; try not to see them as something negative. Of course, it’s easy said than done—but making small changes in your thinking can lead to big changes in how you solve problems and even change your life.
You Seem More Confident
Even if you don’t feel like you have much going for you, maintaining a positive attitude can help raise your confidence level—and that confidence might just rub off on others. If you seem more confident, people will take notice and treat you accordingly. This is because they will see that you’re willing to put yourself out there, even when things seem to be against you—and what better quality could someone look for in an employee or colleague?
Others Think Less About Their Problems When They’re Around You
If you want to develop and maintain a positive attitude toward life, here’s something that might surprise you: many people actually find themselves forgetting about their problems when they’re around you. When you are in a happy, positive mood, others tend to pick up on it. And as far as humans are concerned, most like being around others who make them feel good. So if you want to be surrounded by more positive-minded individuals, all you have to do is be more positive yourself. It’s a great way to spread positivity throughout your social circle—and beyond!
How Does Attitude Affect Motivation?
Your motivation depends, in large part, on whether you look upon your activity as a source of enjoyment or just a source of drudgery.
The labels we put on activities seem to have something to do with this. The word “work” stimulates an unpleasant response. Then we listen to the word “hard” in front of it and it becomes even more unpleasant. “Hard work” seems to imply there is something distasteful about human effort applied over an extended time to an activity for which there is compensation rendered.
Medical experts say that the reason people become tired is not that they do too much but rather because they do too little. Dr. James Montague said he never knew a person who suffered from overwork. There were many, however, who suffered from too much ambition and not enough action. Dr. Charles Mayo found much the same thing. “I have never known a person who died from overwork but there were many who died from doubt,” he said.
But the greatest benefit you derive from doing just a little more than you have to is that, for some strange reason, you just feel better. No one seems to know why. But it is a fact that on those days that you get an early start and fill your day with a busy activity you end up feeling good about it.
Here are some important factors that affect your motivation and your ability to work.
- You will work for rewards:: primarily money.
- You will work for a leader… a person.
- You will work for something in which you believe, a cause, an activity that satisfies your purpose in living.
- You will work for things that satisfy you psychologically: recognition, security, friendship, fulfillment, etc.
All of them involve your attitude. You need money to buy the necessities of life. But beyond that point, it is your attitude about how much more you want that determines the degree to which money will motivate you.
It is your attitude about your boss as a leader that will determine if the boss can affect your motivation; no one is a perfect leader. You can find fault with the best if that is what you are looking for.
Believing in what you do is the source of the strongest work motivation there is. Your attitude towards your work determines if you can believe in it. This is the “secret of motivation”–having the ability to believe in what you are doing. Some call it “cause” motivation. It is the ability to find cause and purpose in what you are doing.
You will work for a reward. You will work harder for a leader or for recognition, security, or other psychological satisfaction (psychic rewards). But you will work hardest for a cause, a purpose, something in which you can believe.
In fact, if you can believe in what you are doing, this type of motivation will tend to eliminate the effect of the unpleasant factors of work such as physical discomfort, poor working environment, people problems, etc. People have been known to endure almost unbearable physical hardships (even risking their lives) to pursue an activity in which they can believe.
“Whether we find pleasure in our work or whether we find it a bore, depends entirely upon our mental attitude towards it, not upon the task itself.”
So the secret of the motivated person is the ability to BELIEVE in a job, a purpose, a goal. There is nothing one cannot achieve if one has the ability to believe.
Psychologists have discovered that people will work for money, but they will work harder for a leader or psychic satisfaction, but they work hardest for something in which they can BELIEVE.
So, to become motivated in the way you spend your day, learn to believe in the activities in which you engage. If you are a salesperson believe in your company, your product, and your job. If you are a teacher believe in the students you are helping, the purpose and worthiness of your work If you are a student believe in yourself and the investment of time you are making in your education. Perhaps when you spend your time in this fashion you are fulfilling a bigger purpose in your life.
As Thomas Carlyle wrote: “What is the use of health, or of life, if not to do some work therewith?”
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