THE POWER OF POSITIVITY
I felt as if I just won the lottery. My excitement was that of a scientist who finally made a discovery that validated all their years of work. I had always known that positivity improves our lives, careers, relationships and teams but now I had a greater understanding of why.
I discovered Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden-and-Buildtheory and research demonstrating that as people experience more positive emotions, they become more resilient to stress, develop a broader perspective that allows them to see the big picture and identify solutions, build more meaningful relationships and connections and flourish in their lives and careers.
Complimenting Fredrickson's theory is new research on optimism from Manju Puri and David Robinson at Duke University who found that optimistic people work harder, get paid more, win at sports more regularly, get elected to office more often and live longer!
Finally there was evidence that being positive is not just a nice, feel-good way to live but, in fact, is the way to live if you want better health, meaningful relationships and greater individual and team success.
This research explains all the emails and notes I receive from people who have flourished after reading The Energy Bus and The Positive Dog. Many have shared stories about their promotions, sales records, business growth and team success with me and I know it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with them. They cultivated a more positive perspective, experienced more positive emotions, took more positive actions, and achieved more positive results.
This research also explains why so many coaches, sports teams and businesses have experienced their best years after reading The Energy Bus. These individuals and teams cultivated more positivity, reduced negativity and became more optimistic, resilient and solution focused in the process.
The most exciting aspect of all this is that WE have the power to improve our lives, relationships and teams by cultivating and experiencing more positive thoughts and emotions. We have the power to influence how we think and feel and thus influence the direction of our careers.
We have the power to develop positivity within ourselves, and in the process, positively contribute to a team and organization. The more positivity we develop on the inside the stronger and resilient we become in facing the world on the outside. Positivity is a muscle and we can develop it.
The future belongs to those who believe in it and have the mindset, resilience, and perspective to overcome all the challenges in order to create it. There is a power of positivity. Let's start fueling up with it today!