January is a month that could be plagued with stress and anxiety. The holidays are over and we are left to fall back in place with our everyday routines. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and this leads some people to become distracted, detached, some face depression, and many are overconnected with social media to fill a void. Research shows that there can be social and emotional benefits to applying positive psychology in your life.
Positive psychology concepts take many forms that you can use in your life.
Mindfulness is not that “hippy thing” from the 1960s. It is a way to start your day by setting the right tone for you. Some people start their day with 1 – 5 minutes of meditation, others use a specific song that inspires and centers them. Another idea is concentrating on a vision board or goal board and seeing these things as something you already have.
Positive emotions include feelings of Joy, Pride, Love, Happiness, Acceptance, Confidence, Passion, Humor and more. Positive emotions are good for you and also good for your body. Feeling negative and positive emotions are natural for all of us, but you can work to balance yourself with even more positive emotions.
Concentrate on the strengths that you do have and limit or eliminate the criticism of yourself and others. Give honest positive comments to people. For everything that is a negative, come back with three positive things to balance that out. Be sure and do this with yourself. Don’t concentrate on everything you need to fix. Be proud of yourself and take pride in what you can do.
Increase the practice of gratitude. Doing this aided in eliminating negativity and increases positive emotions. Before you go to bed take the time to keep a journal that lists three things you are thankful for each day. Another great idea is to give a ‘shout out’ on social media or just a text or call to a friend, coworker, or family member that has done something to help you! You will make their day!
Positive Psychology concepts help increase your positive emotions which can lessen the negative emotions which can also help decrease anxiety. Use positive emotions to open you up to more possibilities of being happier and healthier!