What are we, monkeys?
“Are you a sympathetic cryer,” meaning if you see someone crying you might start tearing up too, even though you don’t have a reason to cry.
The point of this is that emotions are contagious, and so you can work that to your favor. If you want people around you to be happy, then be happy, if you want people to express positive attitudes, the you yourself must express a positive attitude. And that’s the point, you can sport a positive attitude, and others around you will do it too. Imagine the power you wield. Here are some ways you can flex your positivity muscle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
- Look adversity in the eye… and laugh.
- Accept what you get, and don’t have a fit.
- Enjoy the unexpected, even if it’s not what you wanted.
- Randomly say a positive word to someone.
- Use your smile to change the mood of others around you.
- Always be friendly to people you don’t know.
- Have a good time even when losing.
- Be happy for someone else’s success.
- Envision a positive future, even in the face of disaster.
- Smile all the time, this takes practice for most.
- Tell someone they did a great job.
- Don’t complain no matter how bad things get, drive through it.
- Don’t give in to other people’s negativity.
Make It a Habit
People are transparent, horrible actors. You must be sincere in spreading your positive attitude. It won’t do you any good to lie to yourself, and others will resent you if they thing you’re selling them a lie. You must convince yourself that your positive attitude will work. Science says it will, believe science.
John T. Cacioppo from the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago says “…the more expressive someone is, the more likely they will notice that expression and mimic it. Muscle fibers in your face and body can be activated unbeknownst to you, at much lower levels than if you were to perform those movements yourself. It’s those muscle movements that trigger the actual feeling in the brain.”
Emotional contagion is a habit, you have to work it to perfect it. The more you do it, the better you’ll become, the more people you’ll influence, and their smile will reinforce you through the positive feedback you get.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]