“Positivity presents an opportunity to step up to the next level of existence: to broaden your mind and build your best future.” ~Barbara Fredrickson
How Positivity Causes You to Flourish: The 2 Minute Positivity Test
We know that being negative often creates negative results and social experiences. But often the importance of a deliberate positive mindset and emotions gets lost in our everyday actions and interactions; we do not always realize that authentic positivity will conversely cause our lives to flourish.
In her book Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson reveals just how important positivity can be in our lives. She has discovered that there is a universal tipping point of positive experience for people and once we surpass that threshold we “flourish” and are able to live within an optimal range of human functioning. People who flourish experience goodness, generativity, growth, and resilience. Frederickson’s research at her Positivity Lab at the University of North Carolina has found that there must be at least 3 positive thoughts or experiences for every 1 negative in order to reach that tipping point and that the majority of people have a ratio of 2:1 or even less.
There are numerous studies on the benefits of positivity on health and well-being that support the importance of living beyond this positivity ratio. Studies done at the Mayo Clinic discovered that the health benefits of positive thinking include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Once you start to see the amazing benefits of positivity you have to wonder, “Am I living my most positive life?” and “How can I know?” Dr. Fredrickson has created a simple tool so that you can test whether you are living beyond the positivity tipping point. It gives you a snapshot of where your positivity lies on any given day. Are you functioning above the average and making the most of your experience? Find out by taking the Positivity Self Test now.
Also, if you are wondering how to raise your positivity ratio then don’t miss my blogs titled A Simple Formula to Generate Positivity in Your Life and Workplace and How to Journal for Success.
Let us know what you discover, you may be surprised! I look forward to hearing what you find!
And if you find that you need any support in finding your authentic positivity and working on your ratio to start flourishing in your life, book your free session with me here.
Wishing you a very happy day!
Dr. Lynn K. Jones
P.S. Use this image to remind you to live your most positive life today!
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Board Certified Coach and an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. A MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.