For most of us, it’s easy to dwell on the negative. Your company’s sales are down this quarter. Your top employee just quit. But remember to focus on the positive too, because noting the small wins in your life can make you happier, healthier, and more successful.
The Benefits of Noting the Small Wins in Your Life
Numerous studies link positive thinking to both a healthier mind and a healthier body. Advantages include:
- Lower levels of stress
- Decreased rates of depression
- Stronger coping strategies
- Greater resiliency
- Increased immunity
- Better cardiovascular health
- A longer life span
How to Notice Those Small Wins
Of course, some people are naturally more optimistic than others. However, even if you’re a born pessimist, you can work toward changing your outlook. Use these three strategies to get started.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
At the end of the day, you may have an extensive list of what went wrong. So instead, ask yourself, “What went right?” Writing your thoughts in a journal (rather than listing them off in your head) helps to provide clarity and focus. Plus, you’ll have a running record of all your wins. For the best results, begin a journal-writing habit. Set aside five minutes each day and record at least three things you are grateful for in your life. This may be difficult at first. Yet, with practice, you’ll probably struggle to stop at just three.
- Search for Silver Linings
When you’re facing a problem, silver linings usually aren’t obvious. Nevertheless, with a little bit of creativity, as well as a sense of humor, you can find something positive in most situations. For example, let’s say your building had a water leak, BUT you discovered a great new plumber. By switching your mindset, you can turn losses into wins.
- Spend Time with Positive People
Did you know… negativity is contagious? So, not only are those Negative Neds and Nancys annoying, but also, they are bringing you down. On the other hand, surrounding yourself with positive people exposures you to positive outlooks, positive stories, and positive affirmations. And eventually, that positivity sinks in and influences your own line of thinking. (Success, 2019)
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