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Part 2: Surround Yourself with Positive People

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Apr 8, 2015 1:08:00 PM

positive peopleWho are the people that are closest to you? Who has a daily influence on your mood, your self-perception, and your self-worth?  The friends, family, and co-workers that make up your inner circle really do influence how you feel about yourself and the world around you.

When you are making changes in your life, you need to be mindful of those around you and how they influence you.

If you are starting to take on a new healthy habit, like exercising, staying hydrated, limiting your alcohol intake, or maintaining weight loss, you may find that some people in your world will try to drag you in the opposite direction. This is not because they don’t care about you, but more often that your positive healthy changes can make them feel uncomfortable. When you change, their reaction can often be, “Change back!” It is important for you to communicate with your friends and family about your new healthy habits and how you value and need their support. Their positive support will impact your success.

Also, you need to understand that certain friends or family members are not going to support your new changes and are going to be negative, try to drag you down and not embrace the new you. You need to be on guard with these people.  You may need to limit your time with them while you are establishing new habits. Again, try to communicate that you need them to be supportive and positive about your new changes.

Staying positive and having support can make the difference between you creating lasting positive changes or you giving up.

Positive People

Where can you find some positive people that will help support you?

You can begin by looking at people as either optimistic or pessimistic. Those who are optimistic often have a smile or a positive thought to share. They will look on the bright side of things, even hardships are seen as a learning experience and when they have a bad day, they will hold out that, “tomorrow will probably be better.” 

Those who are pessimistic think the opposite of the optimist.

Optimists believe in themselves and in their abilities; they expect good things to happen. They see negative events as minor setbacks to be easily overcome. They also view positive events as evidence of more good things to come. Believing in themselves, they also take more risks and create more positive events in their lives.

Caught Not Taught

If a positive approach does not come naturally to you, you can catch on by watching others. If you spend time with positive and optimistic people and observe how they view the world, you will be influenced by them. You can also spend time with positive people by watching motivational videos or listening to motivational speakers.  Even a few minutes per day can help change your perspective. Find some positive content on the Internet or sign up for a daily email that will bring a positive message to your personal inbox.

Look on the bright side: becoming more positive and optimistic has proven benefits. Multiple studies have shown that optimists have superior health over pessimists. Optimists also don’t give up as easily as pessimists and are more likely to persevere and achieve success.  Finally, optimists tend to experience less stress because of their positive outlook.

Topics: health & wellness