What does positivity mean?
When we define a term, words or expressions, they become easier to understand.
Let’s define what positivity is.
Definitions and Meaning of Positivity
Positivity means thinking in an optimistic way, looking for solutions and expecting good results and success. It also means a tendency to make life happier.
It is a happy and worry-free state of mind, which looks at the bright side of life.
Positivity means a positive frame of mind.
- With this frame of mind, you do not take things too personally.
- You enjoy the present moment.
- You do not worry about the future.
- The focus is on doing and achieving, not on thinking about the past or about difficulties.
- It means being a happy, tolerant and good-natured.
Collins dictionary defines it as “The state or quality of being positive”.
Cambridge dictionary defines it as “the quality of having a positive attitude”.
Positivity and Your Emotions
The emotions associated with positivity are joy, love and inspiration. A person possessing this state of mind chooses constructive and good feelings and emotions, and avoids negative and unhappy feelings.
This might not be easy at first, but with a little training and perseverance, it becomes possible.
Positivity and Your Thoughts
The thoughts associated with positivity are thoughts of courage, self-esteem and certainty, and thoughts of success, courage and self-esteem.
The mind of such a person chooses to think in terms of “I can”, “It is possible”, “I am doing my best to improve myself and my life”.
More about Positivity and a Positive Frame of Mind
Being positive does not mean ignoring difficulties and bad experiences. It means acknowledging them, learning from them, doing better, and using the knowledge gained to improve.
With this state of mind, though you might experience negative emotions and go through unpleasant experiences, you will not lose your spirit or give up.
It is important that you strive to focus more on positive than negative thoughts and emotions. The ratio of thoughts and emotions should be in favor of positivity, not negativity.
We often hear negative stories and negative news. If we let them seep into our conscious mind and into our subconscious mind, we are allowing negativity to rule our life.
This often happens, due to the negative information that finds its way into our mind, from TV, the newspapers and the Internet. We should resist this negative information and prevent it from taking over our mind, feelings and life.
Negative news sells more than good news. That is why we encounter it so often and in so many places.
Negative news awakens emotions of anger and fear, which are powerful emotions. If we allow these emotions to arise in us, they soon grow into huge snowballs that affect our life and the life of the people around us.
Negative thoughts and emotions are contagious. We have to resist them and stay away from them.
I am not telling you to avoid listening, reading or watching the news. I am telling you to reduce your intake of it and take care that it does not affect your state of mind. You should not let it fill your mind. Instead, fill your mind with positivity, with positive thoughts and positive emotions.
How to Increase Positivity in Your Life
You need to make efforts to increase positivity in your life, in order to counteract negativity.
A little more optimism, love, and happy thoughts, would help you in this respect. Do something useful each day, to improve your life and the lives of other people. All this, will contribute to a steady growth of positivity in your life.
Each evening, sit down and think what kind of thoughts and emotions you experienced this day? Were there more positive or negative thoughts and emotions? Think what you can do tomorrow to increase positivity in your life.
As you fill your day with more constructive, optimistic and happy thoughts and emotions, and do beneficial actions to make life better every day, you will understand more what positivity is and how to increase it in your life.
I have written a great deal about positivity in my articles about positivity.
If you wish to take this a step further and learn a few practical techniques to become more positive, I advise you to read our book about Positive Thinking.
You will find in this book guidance for making positive thinking a reality in your life. You will also learn how to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts, and bring optimism, happiness and joy into your life.
You can make positivity an integral part of your life. It would bring more optimism, a constructive attitude, and more sunshine in your life.
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