Being happy is what make life worth living and no one wants to be angry, lonely, or hurt, but without the all other emotions, one does not truly experience all that life is. If a person only focuses on being happy, when those difficult or challenging moments occur, he or she will not be able to fully protect his or herself or be able to grow from experiences such as these. Even though happiness is the emotion that most people seek and want to feel, other emotions are just as crucial to the wellbeing of a person’s life because they can lead to better thinking and being more determined. Negative emotions can cause a person to process information more thoroughly as opposed to being in a happier, lighter state of mind. In her article, “ Don’t
Before looking at the benefits of positivity, we must assess the effects of negativity. According to writer and research on behavioral psychology James Clear, “negative emotions narrow your mind and focus your thoughts.” This creates a tunnel vision that stifles productivity and performance. Negative emotions prevent the brain from seeing all possibilities and causes the mind to go into a cycle of negativity, whereas positivity breaks this cycle, and opens the mind to possibility. Barbara L. Fredrickson has delved into the subject of positive emotions and created the broaden and build theory which proposes “If negative emotions narrow the momentary thought–action repertoire, and positive emotions broaden this same repertoire, then positive emotions ought to function as
While some might have trouble staying optimistic and may think that the best way to respond to conflict is to just avoid it, people should keep a positive mindset because it helps people cope more easily during arduous times, it has beneficial impacts on others, and having a positive outlook has many health benefits. Having a positive outlook on a situation has many health benefits that include reducing stress, living longer, and gaining self-confidence. For instance, the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research states, “One theory is
In an article, “Scientific Evidence Points to The Importance of Positive Thinking” by Lynne Malcolm quotes the lead researcher of the study on the benefits of positivity Barbara Fredrickson. Fredrickson states that, “What seems to be unique about positive emotions is that they expand our awareness so that at the moment that we are experiencing positive emotions… our peripheral vision expands, our ability to take in more of our surroundings and connect the dots and see the big picture is facilitated... so that having more moments of that open mindset help us connect with others and build our relationships, it helps us build our resilience, it helps us build our physical health because we become more energetic.” This study expands on the concept that positivity can aid the body physically and exponentially accelerate the process of progressing towards our goals while keeping us moving forward. Being able to expand our state of awareness, connect experiences to see what we have been missing, and to gain a boost to our physical being is an enhancement we could use to advance exponentially.
Stress provokes the fight-or-flight response that allows us to protect ourselves from danger, including feelings. Therefore, whenever we are feeling bad, the brain will try to find ways way that will make us happy. According to Kelly McGonigal, the author of The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal states that negative emotions shift the brain into a reward-seeking state(136). Our brains become convinced that the only way we will feel better is with the "promise of reward" which eventually leads to giving in. Similarily, Mihaly Csikzentmihaly, the author of Finding Flow also discusses the effects of negative emotions, stating that "psychic entropy" makes it harder for us to focus.(22)
If you never feel sadness, happiness may never show. If one never goes though the bad they might not see the good. When you feel and recognize the sad, it makes you realize and appreciate the good. Also, if someone is remembering the past, they not only remember the good but also the bad. The sadness will make you who you are today.
Positivity can affect not only one’s self, but those around them as well. In the face of responding to conflict, positivity can reduce stress and anxiety, help health, and provide a better environment. During times of conflict, positivity has been proven to reduce both stress and anxiety. In an article from the Mayo Clinic Staff, they commented that “Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your well-being” (Mayo Clinic Staff).
By facing conflict with positivity people can face situations with a clear mind and can find successful solutions to their
“Stumbling on Happiness”, authored by Daniel Gilbert, is a book that will quite possibly change the way you think and look at with just about everything. Through perception and cognitive biases, people imagine the future poorly, in particular what will make them happy. I chose to read this book because as I go day-to-day, I want to do everything in my power to be happy, and do things happily. Making each and everything that I do have a meaning, or a reason for doing it. Many people think that they know what makes them happy, or what they have to do to make them happy.
Having a positive attitude can make people less stressed during a time of conflict. According to the Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, “...optimists tend to use coping strategies that focalize on the problem more frequently compared to pessimists. When these strategies cannot be enacted, optimists resort to adaptive strategies that focalize on the emotions, for example, acceptance, humour and positive re-assessment of the situation.” Unlike pessimists, optimists are more equipped to unravel a dispute calmly and quickly. After people use healthy strategies, a conflict would not be as stressful as before.
The power of positive thinking can lead you to success. “Only very dim people, who have clearly failed to grasp the situation we’re in, aren’t depressed,” – Heather Mallick. Positive means with no possibility of doubt and positivity means the quality or state of being positive. Mallick’s article goes into talking about how we spend more time sitting around, mopping about how something didn’t happen or something depressing happened, than we do rejoicing on the things we have and are lucky to have. An Example of this is The Great Depression, even in the middle of destitution then people found ways to be happy.
When a person responds to conflict in a positive way, not only will it set an example for others, but will also share that positive mood with others and can help people resolve a conflict quicker. By resolving conflict with a positive or happy attitude will also help someone keep a good demeanor after the conflict is settled. Another way positive emotions can spread is through team sports. One example of this is, “Similar results have been found in team sports. When a team is upbeat, positive, and in an overall good mood, this spirit is transferred to individual players.
Happiness plays an important and necessary role in the lives of people around the world. In America, happiness has been a necessity in our daily lives since Thomas Jefferson stated these famous words in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, of Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Since then, Americans have been engaged in that act, pursuing happiness. However, as Ray Bradbury demonstrates in Fahrenheit 451, that special elements in our life which make us happy initially may eventually lead to our downfall. Beatty, the fire chief, has a contentious job which pulls him