Have you ever thought about the power of positive vibes? For instance, how many times have you been in the best mood, but after being around a constant complainer, you thought afterwards, “I kinda want that time back”? On the other hand, there is just something about a person who is uplifting, right?

A person who seems to have a perpetual smile and contagious laugh exudes confidence and magnetism. Most of us would gravitate towards them hoping some of that rubs off on us. We know that when we are in good spirits we feel better about ourselves and life in general.

Our environment and what we let into our lives have influence. When around negativity, aggression and pessimism, we tend to mimic that behavior. I have seen some who refuse to let anyone “rain on their parade”, but for the most part, the rest of us don’t get by that easy. It can be draining.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not referring to a positive person as someone who ignores all seriousness of life, lives in a bubble made of rainbows and sunshine and puts on a mask with a painted-on smile; and on the other hand, I am not referring to a pessimist as someone who is affected by situational sadness brought on by a legitimate life circumstance.

In addition to surrounding ourselves with negative people, being overly critical of ourselves can have a damaging impact. That negative self-chatter can hold us down. So, the more we can think positive overall and surround ourselves with people that are the same, the more fulfilling our lives will be.

Leaning more towards the “glass half full” way of thinking is also good for our health. Our stress is lower, reducing the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure and other health-related issues—including cancer.

In addition to the health benefits that leading a life of positivity can bring, it also moves us to care, help and love more deeply, inspiring and encouraging those around us to do the same. Looking at life with a positive lens, while recognizing but not focusing on life’s pains, is what helps us see a deeper value and potential in ourselves and others.

So, while we shouldn’t ignore or be oblivious to the reality around us, we need to keep a healthy perspective on what’s important. For Type-A personalities, it can be tough, so here are some tips to get the positive juices flowing:

  • Morning meditation.
  • Journaling about the good things happening in your life.
  • Listening to uplifting and encouraging music.
  • Walking or jogging during the sunrise.

When we get ourselves in the right frame of mind and focus on what and who matters, it transforms our attitude into that of gratitude. Life’s too short to live any less. <3