The key to a healthy, successful and happy life lies in having a positive attitude. Not only do positive individuals anticipate happiness, health and success, but they also believe that they can overcome obstacles and difficulties of any nature. You will often view life with optimism if you possess good thoughts, emphasize life’s pleasant aspects and minimize the negative ones. If compared to a depressed individual or persons who constantly express negativity, the life of a positive individual seems to be a lot easier, happier and carefree.
Having a positive attitude brings many rewards to an individual. It attracts opportunities, friends, a bright future as well as good luck. Anyone who is serious about self-improvement and personal growth should and must observe positivity. This article details some of the benefits you can reap by having a positive attitude and leading a positive life.

Better Overall Health
Perhaps the most important reward of possessing a positive attitude is better health. Scientific studies demonstrate that positive individuals tend to cope better with life’s problems thus minimizing the harmful effects of stress on their bodies. According to a survey by Mayo Clinic, a person living a positive life may be healthier than a constantly depressed individual because the former tends to eat healthier foods, exercise more frequently and take better care of his/her body.
An individual who is generally happy with the state of things around him or her will reap health rewards such as increased life span, reduced depression levels, enhanced mental health, and better immunity to common cold, flu, and even cardio-vascular disease. If you are healthy, you will be able to meet life’s challenges while knowing that you have a strong familial and social support system. Thus, you will be peaceful both mentally and emotionally.

Stress Management
Worry and negative thoughts trigger stress. And as we all know, stress is neither a problem solver nor healthy. Several surveys have shown that stress can be responsible for a host of mental and physical problems, from fatigue, insomnia, and loss of concentration to more serious health complications such as high blood pressure, stroke, digestive disorders, drug abuse, severe depression and anxiety, and bodily aches and pains.
A positive attitude is a powerful stress management tool. Thinking positively during stress and hardship times will help you manage distress much better as you will be able to magnify the positive aspects of your circumstance and focus on them. Simply put, positive attitude is the key to emotional satisfaction because it will help you understand that negative emotions will lead you nowhere.

Increases Energy Levels
Stressed individuals often feel exhausted even after executing the simplest of tasks. Scientific studies have shown depression, anxiety and stress to cause fatigue by draining the body of positive vibe. Since fatigue combined with negative thoughts makes it difficult for you to relish the things that you like, be sure to change your thought life and get the energy levels that you deserve.

Boosts Confidence and Self Esteem
Individuals who often keep themselves and those around them happy and cheerful tend to possess higher self-esteem and exude more confidence. Whereas self-esteem may refer to the value judgment individuals hold about themselves, confidence is the extent to which one can feel comfortable in his/her own skin within a social environment. Since happy and positive individuals spread happy vibes, are flexible and a joy to work with, most people will want to have them on their teams. This appraisal boosts both confidence and self-esteem.

Relish Life More
Not only does positivity boost health and help in stress management, but it also fosters good relationships. Positive thinkers tend to socialize and handle their interpersonal conflicts better compared to negative thinkers. If you choose to love yourself and be more confident, those around you will also feel the same way. In this regard, having a positive attitude will have a ripple effect that will positively influence everyone you come in contact with. Moreover, individuals with positive attitudes tend to have a healthier self-image and perform better in their respective work places.

Spreading positivity and happiness helps keep your body fit and relieve your mind of tension. It is also a sure way of overcoming fear and uncertainty. Upon realizing that negative thoughts and energy are hindrances to your goals, life certainly becomes worth living. Therefore, ensure that you have a positive outlook towards life and live the life that you want to have.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Frans Bouckenooghe, born in Roeselare, Belgium.
In 1980, I immigrated with my Rarotongan (Cook Islands) wife Tangata and two children to New Zealand.
I am a self employed Registered Building Surveyor. I identify and report on building defects. I love my work.
Besides work, I enjoy company of family and friends, travelling, writing and photography.

I believe that little can be accomplished in life without some investment in yourself. Keep fit, consume right, practice kindness, remain positive, and keep your curiosity up. Treat these things as similarly important to love and friendship and I think you have a much better chance to lead a happy life.

For more inspirational and motivational reading please visit my website and facebook page

Take care.........Frans