Developing a positive outlook can provide strength in the midst of trials and lead to future success
The benefits of positivity
The prophets’ words on positivityProphets have taught that, as we aspire to see the good in our lives despite trials, we can experience more peace and happiness. President Russell M. Nelson said, “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”
An ancient proverb said, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Our leaders and the scriptures teach that positivity is important for lasting happiness. With a positive outlook in life, the Lord has greater access to us — we can be more open to receiving His guidance and see how He has already blessed our lives. He can also help us through our academic, family, and financial challenges and support us in achieving our goals.
Ways to develop positivity
Understanding the value of positivity is only one part of developing a positive attitude. Here are a few tips to help you add more positivity to your outlook on life.
2. Find reasons to laugh and smile. If we allow ourselves to enjoy what’s around us — the sun, a funny joke, or a kind friend — we become more positive. Being outwardly joyful spreads to others and can help them develop the same kind of joy, which increases our joy even more.
3. Surround yourself with those who uplift you. Positivity is contagious, so when we surround ourselves with others who bring us joy, we feel good too. Likewise, being around those who focus on the negative can cause us to lose our positive outlook.
4. Take advantage of the Lord’s tools. Heavenly Father wants us to have joy and feel hopeful about the future, so He has provided ways for us to do so. We can do this with prayer, scripture study, the Holy Ghost, church attendance, and so much more.
The power is within youUnderstanding that positivity is a good quality to embrace doesn’t make it easy. But luckily, we have many people surrounding us to provide support, including family, friends, and Church leaders. President Gordon B. Hinkley said, “I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”
Instead of allowing negativity to take root, we can instead choose to invite the power of positivity and watch as opportunities, blessings, and joy abound in our lives.