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Positive Mind, Positive Life

While teens and children may be influenced by others actions, children are the most impressionable. They pick up on every little detail, they’re like little detectives. When helping children grow with happiness and courage, being a confident parent is helpful, it shows positive thinking in any situation and kids pick up on that.

“Optimism is contagious. Positive thinking tends to breed positive results, and if your child sees positive results from your attitude, he or she is more likely to want to experience the same positive results,”  Beth Werrell writes in 7 Tips to Encourage a Positive Attitude in Students.

Showing your child that being positive about their work is good for them. Especially at an early age because children tend to be quick learners. Creating a space full of inspiring objects and quotes can be helpful too.

“What better way to inspire optimism than ensuring that hopefulness is all around? As you create a home classroom bulletin board, planner or decorate your child’s home work space, pepper in some positive quotes to keep motivation high,” Werrell writes.

If positive words and quotes can affect children than so can negative ones. A positive work space is almost as important as getting rid of negative words and making sure that kids know the difference when they are young.

“Eliminate negative verbiage from your student’s dialogue. When you hear your student say ‘I can’t do it,’ take a step back. Bring this negative verbiage to your child’s attention. Dive deeper into the meaning behind it. Ask questions. ‘Why can’t you do it?’; ‘What’s holding you back?’; ‘How can I help?’; ‘What do you need to be able to do it?’,” Werrell writes.

This is also applicable to young adults, while children may be able to pick up on it faster, teens will still benefit from being introduced to it. If a student is struggling, they may use negative words and thoughts.

“Researchers have long known that negative emotions program your brain to do a specific action. When a tiger crosses your path, for example, you run. The rest of the world doesn’t matter. You are focused entirely on the tiger, the fear it creates, and how you can get away from it. In other words, negative emotions narrow your mind and focus your thoughts,” James Clear writes in The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work.

If negative reactions controls people in their daily life it will affect them and how they perceive things. It causes people to have a negative outlook. Being afraid to take a chance will hold the society back but taking too big of a chance can ruin a person. Keeping a positive mind keeps people from over thinking.

“The benefits of positive emotions don’t stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. In fact, the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life,” Clear writes.

Staying positive can be difficult, but if people surround themselves with others who are positive and open minded then they can begin develop the same mindset. Being afraid to try something new is negative thinking, but believing that it is possible is a useful skill that everyone can benefit from.

Sources:

http://blog.connectionsacademy.com/7-tips-to-encourage-a-positive-attitude-in-students/

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3512202

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