Throughout our lives there are many people who influence us. Our friends, families, teachers, religious leaders, and even individuals we rarely interact with influence the way we form opinions, how we view the world, how we treat others, and ultimately, how we view ourselves. While people can have all sorts of influence over you, there are generally two classes that we can examine: negative influence and positive influence.

Negative people carry negative influence and should be avoided at all costs because they are pessimistic, hopeless, deceptive, view the glass as being half-empty, and consider the world to be an endless struggle.
Surrounding yourself with positive individuals will have a far better effect on your ultimate destiny. Unlike pessimists, positivists are optimistic, supportive, honest, loving, confident, disciplined, cheerful, carry positive influence, and view the glass as being half-full versus half-empty. The more positive friends you have, the better able you’ll be at remaining upbeat. Studies have shown that positive people are healthier, happier, and tend to be more successful. Luckily, positive influences are out there in abundance, and you can surround yourself with those who hold a positive attitude for the purposes of support and mutual encouragement. Read on for more on how positive people influence your life.

Positive People Will Make Your Life Happy
Negative thinkers tend to be more inwardly focused and suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. Optimistic individuals, meanwhile, have a greater capacity for warmth, love, and joy that brings happiness into their lives, and also into the lives of those within their social circles. This increased capacity for love means that they’re loved more in return because they’re more outwardly focused, kinder and more considerate to those they interact with. It is needless to say that if you surround yourself with optimists, you will lead a happy life.

Positive People Bring Out the Best in You
Not only will positive individuals in your life help you rebound from the negative hits you take from time to time in life, but they’ll also inspire you to be the best you can be. Bringing out the best in you means encouraging you to try new things, achieve your goals, and have that successful life that you have always wanted. Most individuals have secret goals that they’re ashamed of sharing for fear of being mocked.

For instance, your dream might have been to be an actor or a writer. The negative friends in your life will probably discourage you and give you all the senseless reasons as to why you won't succeed in such professions. But with positive individuals in your life, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident sharing these types of dreams because you are sure they will give you the emotional push you need to go after your desires and wants in life.

Positive Individuals will Help You Realize Success
Successful individuals tend to think positively even when cornered in negative situations. As a positivist, you will set higher goals, persist at them longer, and achieve more of them. Positive individuals are generally happier and more productive in their respective jobs, get promoted quicker and cash in more than negative individuals. If you want to be successful in life, surround yourself with individuals exuding positive energy and positive vibe. Simply put, birds of a feather tend to flock together.

Positivists Will Help You Lead a Stress Free Life
Positive people carry positive energy and endeavor to always give their best shot at life, irrespective of the situations they find themselves in. Thus, they are better able to explore untapped opportunities and stay stress-free. Surrounding yourself with positive energy will help you eliminate undesired stress to a great extent thus helping you stay away from various physical and psychological complications associated with stress.

Positive Influence Influences Your Health
If you surround yourself with positive energy, you will reap health rewards such as increased life span, enhanced mental health, reduced depression levels, and better immunity to flu, common cold, 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. Better health is perhaps the most important reward of positivity.

You ought to be a positive influence yourself if you are to counter the negative influences and introduce a network of positive people into your life. Like attracts like, and when likes get together, the influential effect is multiplied. Start surrounding yourself with positive influences today and watch the exponential effect this will have over your ultimate destiny.

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