The Benefits of Positivity
and Cost of Negativity
11 Benefits of Being Positive:
1. Positive people live longer. In a
study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived an
average of 10 years longer than those who didn’t (Snowdon, 2001).
2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments (Goleman, 2011).
3. Positive, optimistic salespeople sell more than pessimistic salespeople (Seligman, 2006).
4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).
5. Marriages are much more likely to
succeed when the couple experiences a 5-to-1 ratio of positive to
negative interactions, whereas when the ratio approaches 1-to-1,
marriages are more likely to end in divorce (Gottman, 1999).
6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges, and adversity.”
7. Positive people are able to maintain
a broader perspective and see the big picture, which helps them
identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower
perspective and tend to focus on problems (Fredrickson, 2009).
8. Positive thoughts and emotions
counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be
thankful and stressed at the same time.
9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).
10. Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness and longevity (Putnam, 2000).
11. Positive and popular leaders are
more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and
promotions and achieve greater success in the workplace.
The Cost of Negativity:
1. Ninety percent of doctor visits are stress related, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. A study found that negative employees can scare off every customer they speak with—for good (Rath, 2004).
3. At work, too many negative
interactions compared to positive interactions can decrease the
productivity of a team, according to Barbara Fredrickson’s research at
the University of Michigan.
4. Negativity affects the morale, performance, and productivity of our teams.
5. One negative person can create a miserable office environment for everyone else.
6. Robert Cross’s research at the
University of Virginia demonstrates that 90 percent of anxiety at work
is created by 5 percent of one’s network—the people who sap energy.
7. Negative emotions are associated with decreased life span and longevity.
8. Negative emotions increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
9. Negativity is associated with greater stress, less energy, and more pain.
10. Negative people have fewer friends.
Excerpt From The Positive Dog