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I will be running a Positive Transformation course starting in January, which includes a module on managing stress and anxiety, with my colleague, Gina Mayolin. If you wish to enrol on the course, please book here.

Maintaining a positive mindset sounds useful on the surface. Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative. But it can also be viewed as a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like ‘work ethic’ or ‘persistence’.

However, research is beginning to show that positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life. They can also help you build skills that last the distance.

It is important to remember that simply having a positive mindset won’t actually stop bad things from happening. But it does give you the tools to better deal with bad situations. Sometimes your coping skills come down to nothing more than refusing to give in to your negative side and your fears. For some people, positive thinking comes quite naturally. For others, seeking professional help is necessary to get them on the right track.

Surrounding yourself with a great lifestyle and material goods may seem to lead to happiness, but how you really feel is governed by what goes on inside your head. When you go out of your way to think positively, you actually purge yourself of the negative self-talk.

What can you do to increase positive emotions? Well, anything that sparks feelings of joy, contentment, and love will work. You probably know what does the trick for you. Maybe it’s playing the guitar. Maybe it’s spending time with a certain person. Or it’s doing the gardening.

Where to Go From Here

It’s great to simply “be happy,” but those moments of happiness are also critical for opening your mind to explore and build the skills that become so valuable in other areas of your life.

Finding ways to build happiness and positive emotions into your life – whether through meditation, writing, playing football, or anything else – provides more than just a momentary decrease in stress and a few smiles.

Periods of positive emotion and unhindered exploration are when you see the possibilities for how your past experiences fit into your future life, when you begin to develop skills that blossom into useful talents later on, and when you spark the urge for further exploration and adventure.

To put it simply: seek joy, play often, and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest.

If you feel like you would like to explore creating and maintaining a positive mindset, please contact me so that we can work together to improve how you approach your life.