Positivity and Mental Health
A new field suggests choosing to focus on the positive in all situations can combat mental illness. The science of happiness, or positive psychology has opened a new way of looking into problems. It recognizes happiness and wellbeing as an “essential” human skill. Choosing and practicing positivity is simple through these actions.
1.Learn from negativity.
Negative encounters can teach plenty of positives. Past experiences make a person more resilient to stress. When we eventually overcome the challenge, we become more aware and thankful of the things and people we have.
Gratitude is a great way to better you, but also bring an ease of mind. Just list the people and the things you are grateful for, or take time to show or say your thankfulness to someone aloud. This can bring self-peace. If you choose this activity daily, consider gratitude journaling, visits or notes.
3.Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Happiness does benefit your lifestyle, but research also shows how putting a healthy lifestyle in place can create happiness too. A positive lifestyle can act as a natural healing mechanism. Positivity helps the body rid harmful toxins and can lead to lesser susceptibility to illness and psychological distress.
4.Monitor your mood
Your thoughts and actions are dependent on your mood. If your moods tend to be inconsistent, try tracking them. Research suggests mood charts are a great way to track your ups and downs, and later understand why we act and feel the way we do. These can later lead to a more consistent mood and stronger ability to combat stress.