11 strategies of positive-thinking people
Wellness is more that just diet and exercise, it’s also about your state of mind. It’s about how you engage your environment; how you deal with situations, especially negative ones. Positivity is a massive part of the wellness journey and is essential to your well-being. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 per cent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 per cent is up to us.
In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and, the meaningful life, which
“consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are.” The pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution to a lasting fulfilment. Instead, pleasure is “cherry on top” that adds a certain sweetness to satisfactory.
And while it might sound like a big feat to tackle great concepts like meaning and engagement (pleasure sounded much more realistic), positive people have habits you can introduce into your everyday life that may add to the bigger picture of bliss. It is entirely possible to use these habits deliberately and strategically in your daily lives.
So just what are some of these habits, what do positive people do?
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