When Fit Girl Safira Audrey tags you in a link of an article of Huffpost of positive people, I guess that is her way of telling me she recognizes my happy spirit. :D And I guess I am. Most people know me for my optimistic vibes, bright outlook on life and leaving smileys everywhere I go. I loved the article Huffpost wrote in the healthy living department about perpetually positive people. Therefore I would like to share their input with you Fit Girls along with my “positive” point of view on this matter ;)
According to Huffpost - positive people don’t have some magical, unicorn-like powers, well I guess I am still in denial ;) Because I love to think we have. Makes life more fun, doesn’t it? :D But, according to Melissa Blakeman (M.D., the regional medical director at Johns Hopkins University) positive people engage in behaviours that reinforce their positive frame-of-mind without making it seem like their head is stuck in the clouds. Great fact right? Love it! Now let’s go to the part where we find out what positive people practice on a daily basis.
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8 Habits of positive people by Huffpost and according to Fit Girl Stephanie ;) (PART 1)
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1. Positive people have calming rituals
Well, I guess we positive people do. And we have medical director Blakeman conforming that activities like exercise and meditation are definitely helpful in keeping a positive attitude but also helps you to think more clearly! So us Fit Girls already have this habit in our pocket! Great job girls!
And as we all know exercising promotes positive emotions and endorphins, which we love, because they make us feel super duper GOOD! Like me in the picture on the right, after an Ashtanga yoga class, which was not a “piece of cake” and still I manage to SMILE afterwards! :D
2. Positive people tap into their positivity during challenging times
YES, this sounds very similar. I always give myself a paper smiley, if life tends to suck a bit, so that I can face the challenge with a SMILE =)! Awesome right? Haha ;) But I don’t just do this for fun, it actually helps. And the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology agrees with me on this matter. In an analysis on positive thinking which they published after researchers suggested that cultivating an optimistic mindset can help you tackle life’s challenges with resiliency - and as a result, that could potentially lead to a greater well-being. Also this habit is one a Fit Girl must have, I know for sure. Because when Fit Girls lift weights we always SMILE, right? Because we rock!
3. Positive people also embrace the negative
This is true. It’s not always glitter and glamour with cherries on top and sunshine. According to Blakeman, the key is staying positive but keeping yourself grounded in reality. I also live by this philosophy. When I am challenged by life, I step down off my unicorn ;) and recognize the obstacles on my path but approach them head on with a ‘this too shall pass’ mentality! And I know for a fact a lot of Fit Girls, since we have met, know they’ve been through challenges before and they’ve made it through! We all have this inner superpower and be damn sure to use it!
4. Positive people don’t bully themselves
For this habit I can’t truly represent the positive people community. Because I’m sometimes my own worst critic. But I also believe this helps me to keep challenging myself and I do for a fact embrace myself as I am. Which in research shows that self-acceptance could be vital to a happier life! So Fit Girls keep working on a better version of yourself but don’t forget to always show yourself much love and treats of chocolate. ;) According the journal Psychological Science this is one way to cultivate more compassion towards ourselves. Which is called “Loving-Kindness Meditation” where you exercise the extended feelings of love and goodwill to yourself and to others. Wow, this means the #FITGIRLCODE community is all about the “Loving-Kindness Meditation” theory! This is so awesome. Do you also feel the love Fit Girls??
These were the four habits of my article about positive people part 1. Next time I will share with you the following four habits and would love to know if you recognise yourself in one or maybe even more of these happy habits. For now I wish you Fit Girls a great and awesome day. And don’t forget: “Be the reason someone smiles” =)