Would you like to live longer, enjoy your life more, make more money, and look more attractive while you do it? You will be surprised to learn how much a positive attitude affects all of the above.
In fact, it’s been scientifically proven “in the lab” so to speak, that having a positive attitude impacts your health directly in many amazing ways, not to mention the positive effects on everyone around you.
Keep reading and you will learn something new about yourself, guaranteed. Even better, you will learn what to do with this new knowledge as well! So let’s make your life better, starting right now…
The Lowdown from the Lab
A great number of studies conducted by doctors and scientists all over the world have proven the many benefits a cheerful attitude has on health, both physical and mental. And let’s not forget the long list of social benefits too! Here are some examples of what you can gain just by laughing:
- Physical Health Benefits: boosts immunity, decreases levels of pain and stress, relaxes muscles, and prevents heart disease **Did you know cardiovascular disease causes 1 in 3 deaths in the US?!
- Mental Health Benefits: adds joy, eases anxiety and fear, relieves stress, improves mood, and enhances resilience (how fast you bounce back or adapt)
- Social Benefits: Strengthens relationships, improves teamwork, and defuses conflict
No doubt, laughing can do some amazing things for you! It would be hard to laugh with a crappy attitude, though, right? Don’t miss out! Our source for the benefits you just read has even more compelling and highly usable tidbits: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Laughing, smiling, positive thinking, and gratitude all play a part in how YOU can achieve a positive attitude and start reaping all these benefits and more…
Smiling: Cheaper Than Plastic Surgery
Want to be more attractive? Just smile. Seem silly? It’s not. Smiling makes your appearance more pleasant and causes you to look more attractive. If you’re ugly, it is recommended that you smile 100% of the time you’re in public. Kidding. But hope that made you smile. : )
Another great thing about smiling: it’s contagious! Make someone’s day by infecting them with your good cheer. Maybe they will pass it on too!
Connect more dots between laughter, smiling, your health, and your happiness by checking out these 9 Reasons You Should Smile More.
The Value of a Smile
A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, but that he can be made rich by it.
A Smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile;
Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
Attitude of Gratitude
So how can you achieve a better attitude and open yourself up to all the possibilities of laughter and smiling? Start with gratitude. It’s genuinely difficult (almost impossible) to stay actively upset when you’re actively thankful instead.
Our Sales Department Manager Melanie here at MyEmployees had a stroke of genius and got her team members to participate in the Gratitude Challenge for one month. To take the challenge, they started each day by writing down some of the things for which they were thankful.
Some team members were surprised by what they learned about themselves and by the actions the challenge inspired them to take. Here are some results one of our people that took the challenge achieved.
Sales Unicorn “Lady Atkins” on The Gratitude Challenge
“The 1st few days are easy. You realize you are thankful for the same things you always are, your family, your home, your friends, etc. But somewhere around day 8 you start to run out of the usual suspects of things you’re grateful for, and you have to start reaching deeper.
Over the course of the month we participated in the challenge, I realized I was grateful for some of my extended family and missing them, so I reached out to them to tell them so. I realized I was grateful for some hard times in the past, realizing how the lessons learned from them have helped me recently.
The Gratitude Challenge is really about changing your perspective. While you are full of gratitude for everything you have, you cannot be bitter or angry. I truly believe that gratitude is the root of all happiness. By starting your day reflecting on all of the positive things around you, it sets the tone for the rest of your day and puts you in a positive frame of mind.”
Flipping the Script
“Lady Atkins” hit the nail on the head. It’s simple. To change a bad attitude you only need to change your perspective. Taking the Gratitude Challenge is just one of many ways to flip the script on a bad attitude.
Here are 5 Tools for Appreciation that could help you achieve a better outlook. Funny enough, #1 on this list is keeping a Gratitude Journal, much like our Sales team’s Gratitude Challenge- highly recommended!
Need a faster fix? Here are some quicker-picker-uppers for improving your attitude immediately…
Additional Attitude Amplifiers (and Adjusters)
- Good friends
- Swinging on swings
- A good conversation
- Taking a drive on a pretty road
- Lying on a warm, sunny beach
- Sharing a sunset with someone special
- Lying down and listening to the rain outside
- Holding hands with someone you care about
- Making and then eating chocolate chip cookies
- Running through sprinklers (it is summertime, after all)
- Hot towels fresh out of the dryer – just like Mom used to pile on!
- Having someone brush your hair (sounds weird to guys, but true)
- Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think
- Playing with a new puppy (You can do this at most animal shelters without adopting and at a few other places where dogs are waiting to be adopted!)
About Employee Success 101
Our CEO, David Long, personally charged our employees with the mission of sharing relevant tips and tricks to help make other employees around the globe better!
The topics you will see are selected by our actual employees here, not the leadership team. The direction of Employee Success 101 comes straight from our front line employees, based on real things that impact their lives.
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