We’re back, it’s calm & quiet, and its like we haven’t ever left!
I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, mainly b/c I never seem to follow them, 🙂
What I do believe in is making positive changes that will impact my life. That being said, my list of 8 (duh!) goals does involve some professional statements. One is to maintain and continue BEING POSITIVE. We started our year with bucket filling, and somehow, over the past semester I think I lost my focus. Be it the stress, the sickness, or the fast pacedness of the fall, I ‘m not sure. I do know that I like me more when I’m chipper and happy. 🙂 Being positive isn’t just an attitutude, it an be a life uplifting direction. Check out these tidbits I came across from Twitter:
( I love Twitter. @8amber8)
- 1. Positive People Live Longer – In a study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived on average 10 years longer. (The Nun Study)
- 2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments. (Daniel Goleman)
- 3. Positive, optimistic sales people sell more than pessimistic sales people. (Martin Seligman)
- 4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure. (Heartmath.org)
- 5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce. (John Gottman)
- 6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity. (Several Studies)
- 7. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems. (Barbara Fredrickson)
- 8. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time. (Several Studies)
- 9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level. (Heartmath.org)
- 10. Positive people have more friends which is a key factor of happiness and longevity. (Robert D. Putnam)
- 11. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and promotions and achieve greater success in the workplace. (Tim Sanders)
I’m ok with ALL of these things!!
(I’m pretty sure Troy Aikman agrees with #9. IJS.)
Add being positive to your 2012 list…let’s see if our buckets can all over flow!