Why Positive People Are Happier And More Satisfied With Life
Figuring out what makes some people just generally more positive than others involves understanding the roots and originations of their positivity. As in, posing the classic behavioral question of how much of that optimism and “joie de vivre” is derived from nature and innate biology, versus how much of it is a consequence of nurture, and their upbringing and environment?
The answers to why being positive contribute significantly to a person’s happiness in life are surprisingly simple and easy to grasp considering the complexity of their implications in our lives.
The following are a few concrete reasons for the happiness that positive people enjoy, and they are not exclusive to the people who are already fortunate enough to possess them… happiness is there for anyone and everyone who chooses to participate in their own joy.
Studies have shown that people who are in touch with their spiritual nature and who are more connected to the intangible concept of faith tend to feel more fulfilled than people who neglect this aspect of their humanity. To be clear, spirituality is not necessarily synonymous with any organized religion, rather it is the willingness to recognize, and gain wisdom from that recognizing the less logical or pragmatic senses and feelings that we experience as humans.
Happy people love heartily and fully and are able to explore everything that can be extracted from the feeling of love. When we view ourselves and each other in a generally positive manner and from a compassionate viewpoint, we are able to care more deeply, thereby getting and giving the most that can be gotten or given out of that feeling. Along with this concept of caring deeply comes generosity, and the willingness to help others. Volunteerism, for example, is an expression of love that not only generates a feeling of gratitude from the recipient of the benevolent act but also is incredibly cathartic for the volunteer, essentially making volunteering a “win-win” way in which to spread love and the positivity that is the product of that kindness.
Another concept that seems to be uniform amongst all people who are considered to be overall, generally happy people is that they have made themselves aware of what it is that they have an intrinsic, biological inclination toward, and alternatively, but equally as important, they have an understanding of what they could use a little work getting good at, and they approach those natural weaknesses and shortcomings humbly and as challenges to be accepted versus insurmountable obstacles over which to become bitter and frustrated. The latter attitude only results in inefficiency and tends to spread negativity both in ourselves and those around us.
The major point to keep in mind when considering your attitude and outlook on life when the idea of whether or not you are happy or miserable is concerned is to remember that you have more control over these emotions and ruts that are so easily fallen prey to than you think.
This is the foundational idea behind most meditative practices, because meditation is a form of exercise for the mind during which the metaphorical muscles that power our mood can be calmed, mastered and manipulated in such a way that we take the power over them and determine what we allow ourselves to feel and what we don’t.
If you are feeling miserable, you feel uninspired and depressed, angry at all people, places, and things, you CAN change that without medication, completely on your own, by concentrating and putting effort into finding and discovering the joy that exists all around you.
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