Us humans can be odd; we pick up on sentiment and we dwell in a bizarre cocktail of conflicting emotions - for a lot of our time.
These very same emotions further fuel and drive our daily actions. In fact, as calm and logical as you may perceive yourself to be, a vast majority of your everyday actions and decisions are a product of some sort of emotion or another.
For instance, if you go forward with a particularly difficult decision in your professional life, you may have been driven by feelings of competitiveness, or an urge to excel and succeed within your workplace. More often than not, such emotions are widely regarded as some cold by-products of an unflinching individual; although they are as human and valid as any other emotion a person is capable of expressing.
However, not every emotion is capable of producing a beneficial, positive result; jealousy may fracture relationships and resentment may hinder financial progression.
That is the power of emotions, and how they affect those around you. Don't forget, your positive aura may very well improve your personal and professional relationships, and benefit those around you. Never forget that others can grow from your rejuvenated spirituality as well.
Given that we, as humans, take emotional and physical cues from one another in order to act, it would be a good idea for me to highlight some ways that you can lay down the very same cues to cultivate an aura of positivity, confidence, love and total acceptance surrounding you!
Practicing higher levels of gratitude, according to a study carried out by Robert A Emmons, enables individuals to maintain consistently normal levels of mental health. When practicing gratitude, one actively strives to eliminate negative emotion and ill-will entirely from our lives. Harmful emotions such as resentment and envy have the power to release toxic brain chemicals and hormones.
For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed or unhappy, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode. Stress can feed on stress!
A second study noted that individuals practicing gratitude were mindful of their physical health; as a result, they were more likely than others to visit the doctor for regular checkups, eat clean, and exercise more often. However, visiting doctors is not necessarily the way forward here, as often enough, your body will tell you what you need!
Quite apart from a wholesomely grateful attitude encouraging sharper mental performance, and a documented reduction in levels of stress and anxiety, regularly practicing gratitude allows those around you to benefit impressively as well.
You will nurture an air of acceptance, tolerance, and forgiveness around yourself, and motivate others to do the same. In avoiding ill-intentioned manipulation, and steering clear from feelings of bitterness and jealousy, your relationships with others will strengthen, and the levels of mutual appreciation amongst you will grow.
Standing up for others
A compassionate individual will work towards creating an aura – and world – which values love and tolerance. Standing up for the basic human rights of others will provide you with a cause to fight for, and communicate your ethics and stance vividly clear to those around you.
As such, any individuals tending to disagree with your worldviews will exit your life naturally, and you will be able to surround yourself with a positively stimulating environment.
If you believe someone in your life has been treated unjustly, or if any individual deserves recognition and respect – do not be afraid to speak out on their behalf. Not only will you pick up the infinitely valuable lesson of defending those without privilege, but the ones you defend and advocate will be able to respect you, and follow from your example.
Create a chain of good-intentioned advocacy, and eliminate all the prejudiced voices from the space around you. Your position and confidence as a leader, influencer, and defender will enable you to take on even the greater personal obstacles in life.
Eternally striving for betterment
A crucial element towards self-improvement is understanding which is a never-ending process. I am sure that I will reach the age of 99 and still pick up invaluable lessons in trust, tolerance, and positivity as I continue to walk my path!
As such, allow your mind to open to both fresh and conflicting ideas; impartiality is a trait very few possess, and may take decades to master. Begin to place the cornerstones as soon as you possibly can, and understand the importance both sides of a story carry before arriving at a conclusion.
Your journey towards personal growth may never be complete, and this openness to new ideas, concepts, beliefs, and challenges is what will ultimately inspire those around you to follow suit. Furthermore, if you encourage an environment around you which preaches acceptance, people will be able to approach you for voicing and counsel without fear of judgment. This provides you with every chance to directly improve and assist those around you in whichever ways you can.
The ability to bounce back
The truth can be bitter, but it is the truth: rejection leaves a lasting impression on your ego and motivation. Perhaps you were rejected by a dream college; maybe you did not receive that promotion you worked tirelessly towards; the scenarios are endless, and life may continue to relentlessly offer you disappointments and rejections on a silver platter. The trick is in handling both correctly.
Fully allow yourself to process rejection to the best of your abilities. Do not attempt to stifle a human response. If you prefer to marathon movies, and eat ice-cream out of a container, give yourself the liberty – and time – to do so.
If you unerringly believe in the power of the universe, and a greater spirituality – you will understand that only one of countless options was eliminated for you. Pick yourself up, and remind yourself that there is no success without rejection. Handle your losses with grace, and approach the situation once more with a more experienced mind and voice.
Those around you will pick up on your inspiring traits of perseverance, and may even help you in any way they can towards your journey of achieving your goals.
An anonymous individual once aptly stated, “A New Year does not come pre-packed and assembled with achievements.” Part and parcel of every human individual’s daily experience involves overcoming prejudice and obstacles, and emerging as a just, confident, and compassionate human being afterwards. Simply crossing a handful of barriers and shattering glass ceilings do not yield much without the experience impacting the individual behind it positively. So, if your 2017 goals involve self-improvement and productive problem-tackling, take a look into how your renewed positivity can potentially impact those around you.