Do you look at the glass as being half full or half empty? People who view and approach everyday life in a positive mindset tend to be happier, healthier and more productive. It may sound like science fiction, but your state of mind can and WILL have an impact on nearly every aspect of your life.

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside recently conducted a study to determine the impact that “happiness” had a person’s job. In the study, titled Does Happiness Promote Career Success, they found that happy people with a positive view on life were more satisfied with their jobs, perform better than their unhappy peers, and receive more support from coworkers. So, if you wake up every morning with a sense of dread going into work, try shifting your train of thought to positive, happy elements. Who knows, it could catapult your career to the next level while allowing you to enjoy work just a little more.

In addition to the psychological benefits, positive thinking may also have physiological benefits. A 2013 study published in the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), for instance, found that people suffering from heart disease — the number one cause of death among men and women in the U.S. — lived longer if they maintained a positive outlook. The study analyzed 607 patients from a Denmark hospital and found that patients whose moods were positive were 58% more likely to live at least another five years.

Of course, the power of positive thinking isn’t a new concept by any means. For centuries, some of the world’s smartest people have touted the importance of having a positive mindset. Successful businessman, author, and columnist with University Uclick Harvey Mackay was a firm believer in the power of positive thinking.

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better,” said The New York Times best-selling author. Mackay has even attributed his success to his positive mindset, attesting to the power of positive thinking.

So, how can you maintain a positive outlook on life? Everyone is bound to have a bad day every once in a while. The secret is to not allow such days to overwhelm your train of thought. Think about the good, positive elements of life, focusing on them instead.  We all know that being grateful for what you do have can really change things around.

Many great spiritual leaders have talks and books on your thoughts and how they shape your life. Here is a video with Wayne Dyer sharing with us ways to Change your Thoughts – Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Louise Hay is in his audience during this video, and she also has written many books on your thoughts and how they can heal you.

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