Does Venting or Letting off Steam Really Help?
It has long been thought that in order to be happier and deal with certain circumstances a person needs to express their anger and anxiety. However, research has shown that dwelling on the negative can actually lead to becoming angrier and more depressed. People who turn their form of expression into something more positive such as a goal will end up getting over their anger or depression more quickly.
One of the most effective things you can do in order to feel better is to channel your anger or depression toward a positive goal. Those individuals who are able to do this are healthier in the long run than those people are not.
Positivity is Beneficial
It turns out being optimistic actually is very beneficial. Most research points to optimistic people having happier and healthier lives and are more resilient overall. These people have learned how to turn their negative feelings into positive thoughts, thus improving their overall outlook on life in general.
The main reason optimistic people are more resilient than those who are less optimistic is because they are more emotionally complex. Optimistic people experience frustration and anxiety just like the rest of us, the difference is that they know how to fully let go of the negativity, will worry less about things, and shift their minds to the changes they can make so they can reach the positivity of the situation more quickly. In essence, a resilient person will use a larger range of emotions in order to deal with every situation they face.
The benefits of optimistic thinking are real and if you are a somewhat negative person there are steps that you can take in order to become more positive about life. The first thing that you will need to do is to step back from each situation and reach for the positives instead of instinctively believing the negative thoughts that enter.
Here are just a few ways that being optimistic can help you in your everyday life.
1. Optimism promotes happiness
2. It will help you keep your emotions in check.
3. Research into optimism shows it can actually increase your lifespan.
4. Being optimistic can reduce the level of stress you experience during certain events
5. Optimism provides you with a reason for living.
6. Optimistic people are more proactive.
7. It provides you with a way to deal with failure in a constructive manner.
8. It is an essential trait that is necessary for being successful.
9. It increases your productivity.
10. Optimism provides you with a way to deal with life in a balanced manner as it provides you with a way to deal with negative thoughts that tend to pop up during your day to day life.
These are just ten of the wonderful benefits of being more optimistic. There are many more attributes to taking a more positive approach to the things that life throws your way. People who tend to see the good in things rather than the bad are typically healthier as it improves both your psychological and physiological well-being.
When you are faced with adversity the way that you approach it is extremely important. Those who take a negative approach tend to live in a world that is “out to get them.” These people often fail to see the bigger picture, which can have a negative impact on their life.
Those who face adversity with a positive attitude tend to have a happier life simply because they choose to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When life throws something at them they look for the positives that can come out of it and move on towards a future that looks much brighter.
The next time you have negative thoughts take a moment to think about how this negative experience could actually be a good thing. This will benefit your entire well-being and help you experience a more fulfilling life.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.