Benefits of Feeding Our Bodies with Positivity

Happy International Day of Happiness!  Surely if there is one thing which we all have in common is the desire to be happy.  As we celebrate the International Day of Happiness, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the profound impact that feeding our bodies with positivity can have on our overall well-being and happiness.

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Planting a Positive Mindset

Whilst it is not possible to always be happy it is true that a person’s outlook on life serves as a powerful lens through which they perceive and interpret the world.  When the lens is tinted with negativity, it can influence not only mental and emotional well-being but also the individuals relationships with others and their overall life satisfaction.

However, we all have the power to plant seeds of positivity in our thoughts.  Positive energy is like a nutrient for the soul and plays a pivotal role in shaping our mental and physical health. When we consciously choose to embrace positivity, we unlock a myriad of benefits that create the foundations for happiness and a feeling of a fulfilled life.  Let’s have a look at all the benefits that embracing positivity over negativity can have across multiple facets of our day to day lives.

Mental Resilience

Life is an unpredictable journey on which challenges are inevitable companions.  However, cultivating a positive mindset serves as a shield against life’s storms. 

Positivity fosters mental resilience, helping us cope with stress and adversity.  When we have a positive outlook on life we can view obstacles as an opportunity for growth as opposed to insurmountable obstacles.

Physical Well-being

The mind-body connection is a powerful force with positivity acting as a catalyst for improved physical health. Research indicates that a positive outlook can boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system. Choosing positivity is not just a mental exercise—it’s a holistic approach to well-being.

Enhanced Relationships

Positivity is contagious and it can create a ripple effect in our interactions with others. When we feed our minds with positive thoughts, we radiate a joyful energy that attracts and uplifts those around us. 

Increased Productivity

A positive mindset is also a catalyst for increased productivity and creativity. When we approach tasks with a can-do attitude, our minds are more open to innovative solutions and resilient problem-solving. Positivity becomes the driving force behind our achievements and the key to unlocking our full potential.

Emotional Balance

Feeding our bodies with positivity contributes to emotional balance. It empowers us to manage and regulate our emotions effectively, fostering a sense of inner peace. This emotional equilibrium allows us to respond to life’s ups and downs with composure and grace.

Practical Tips for Cultivating Positivity

I don’t know about you but sometimes it feels like a struggle to be positive. So, let’s check out some practices we can incorporate into our daily lives to give us a helping hand in remining positive.

Gratitude Practice

We all lead busy lives and more often than not we rush through our day trying to cram in all of the different daily chores and activities.  There’s work of course, tending to the house, looking after the children and cooking.  We might also try to squeeze in some exercise here and there and maybe some time to relax with a good book.  But do we actually pause and take a moment to appreciate the small things?

It can be all too easy to think and complain about the things that have gone wrong in our day instead of appreciating all the small blessings that have come our way. Keeping a gratitude journal can be a great way to start focusing on glimmers – those little moments of peace or joy that allow us to feel safe and happy. When you start looking for glimmers instead of focusing on triggers, you will start to find them everywhere!

Check out our gratitude journal prompts to get started.

Mindfulness Meditation

At its core, mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment by bringing awareness to our thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment.   This key element of looking into our thoughts with “no judgment” also helps us develop greater compassion towards ourselves and others.  This in turn can help foster deeper connections in our relationships,

A regular practice of mindful meditation also allows us to recognize negative patterns and reactions which might be holding us back. It also helps us deal with adversity by focusing on the present instead of worrying about the future or regretting the past. The practice teaches us to recognize that while we may not always have control over external circumstances we can control how we respond to them.

Finding moments of peace and clarity in our busy day can feel like a luxury. However, mindful meditation does not require hours of sitting in quiet contemplation.  Even just a few minutes of mindful breathing or body scan activities each day can make a significant difference in our overall well being.  I find that following a guided meditation really helps me focus and keeps my mind from wandering too much.  You can find many guided meditations on YouTube or Apps such as Spotify.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

Choose uplifting environments and cultivate relationships that inspire positivity.  Where possible try to gently move away from those relationships which bring you down.  Of course, this is not always easy especially when you are faced with negativity in a family or work environment but always communicate your needs openly and assertively and let others know when certain behaviour is unacceptable to you and try to limit your exposure to them.  

Politely excuse yourself from conversations or situations which veer towards negativity or gossip and respectively decline invitations or activities which do not align with your values or make you feel uncomfortable.

Focus on Self Care

Prioritise self-care practices that nourish your mind, body and soul.  Engage in activities which bring you joy, relaxation and make you feel fulfilled.  When you are feeling well in yourself it is much easier to think positively and appreciate all the things around you for which to be grateful.  For some self-care ideas check out our post 10 Spring Self-Care Ideas.  

Be Patient and Kind to Yourself

As we commemorate the International Day of Happiness and we celebrate the transformative power of feeding our bodies with positivity, remember to be patient and kind to yourself.   The journey towards positivity is not always an easy one as it can be difficult to retrain your brain to focus on the positive instead of the negative.  

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