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Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you're optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk

Positive thinking doesn't mean that you ignore life's less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information or expectations due to preconceived ideas of what may happen.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you're likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress and pain
  • Greater resistance to illnesses
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Reduced risk of death from cancer
  • Reduced risk of death from respiratory conditions
  • Reduced risk of death from infections
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

Identifying negative thinking

Not sure if your self-talk is positive or negative? Some common forms of negative self-talk include:

  • Filtering. You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all the positive ones. For example, you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. That evening, you focus only on your plan to do even more tasks and forget about the compliments you received.
  • Personalizing. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
  • Catastrophizing. You automatically anticipate the worst without facts that the worse will happen. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong, and then you think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
  • Blaming. You try to say someone else is responsible for what happened to you instead of yourself. You avoid being responsible for your thoughts and feelings.
  • Saying you "should" do something. You think of all the things you think you should do and blame yourself for not doing them.
  • Magnifying. You make a big deal out of minor problems.
  • Perfectionism. Keeping impossible standards and trying to be more perfect sets yourself up for failure.
  • Polarizing. You see things only as either good or bad. There is no middle ground.

Focusing on positive thinking

You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you're creating a new habit, after all. Following are some ways to think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way:

  • Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you usually think negatively about, whether it's work, your daily commute, life changes or a relationship. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way. Think of a positive thought to manage your stress instead of a negative one.
  • Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you're thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
  • Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle. Aim to exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week. You can also break it up into 5- or 10-minute chunks of time during the day. Exercise can positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. Get enough sleep. And learn techniques to manage stress.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
  • Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you. Think about things you're thankful for in your life.

Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them:

Practicing positive thinking every day

If you tend to have a negative outlook, don't expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you.

When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you're better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.

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Having an optimistic outlook on life — a general expectation that good things will happen — may help people live longer, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death — including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection — over an eight-year period, compared with women who were less optimistic.

The study appears online today in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

“While most medical and public health efforts today focus on reducing risk factors for diseases, evidence has been mounting that enhancing psychological resilience may also make a difference,” said Eric Kim , research fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and co-lead author of the study. “Our new findings suggest that we should make efforts to boost optimism, which has been shown to be associated with healthier behaviors and healthier ways of coping with life challenges.”

The study also found that healthy behaviors only partially explain the link between optimism and reduced mortality risk. One other possibility is that higher optimism directly impacts our biological systems, Kim said.

The study analyzed data from 2004 to 2012 from 70,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study, a long-running study tracking women’s health via surveys every two years. They looked at participants’ levels of optimism and other factors that might play a role in how optimism may affect mortality risk, such as race, high blood pressure, diet, and physical activity.

The most optimistic women (the top quartile) had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of dying from any of the diseases analyzed in the study compared with the least optimistic (the bottom quartile), the study found. The most optimistic women had a 16 percent lower risk of dying from cancer; 38 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease; 39 percent lower risk of dying from stroke; 38 percent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease; and 52 percent lower risk of dying from infection.

While other studies have linked optimism with reduced risk of early death from cardiovascular problems, this was the first to find a link between optimism and reduced risk from other major causes.

“Previous studies have shown that optimism can be altered with relatively uncomplicated and low-cost interventions — even something as simple as having people write down and think about the best possible outcomes for various areas of their lives, such as careers or friendships,” said postdoctoral research fellow Kaitlin Hagan, co-lead author of the study. “Encouraging use of these interventions could be an innovative way to enhance health in the future.”

Other Harvard Chan School authors of the study included Professor Francine Grodstein and Associate Professor Immaculata De Vivo, both in the Department of Epidemiology, and Laura Kubzansky, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness. Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Dawn DeMeo was also a co-author.

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When you're feeling down, the last thing you want to hear is that glass half full metaphor. What's that supposed to do for you? 

It can seem like there are no positive thinking benefits in that moment. You're disappointed because you want the full glass. And you don't have it. Or, maybe you feel like your glass doesn't exist at all. It's broken, stolen, shattered, someone else's. 

Angry, frustrated, disappointed, sad, afraid — you need to spend some time with those negative feelings . The key is to acknowledge them, then move on.

When someone tells you to "cheer up" or "think positive," it can seem pretty tone-deaf. Relentless positivity without reality rarely helps. That's why toxic positivity has given positive thinking a bad rap . 

While it may not work any immediate miracles, positive thinking that acknowledges reality can benefit us all in the long run. Hope and growth are good for your health and wellness.

Some people are more optimistic than others, but that doesn't mean you can't learn to see the opportunities and silver linings in life.

The first thing to know about positive thinking is that it doesn't mean that you ignore facts or logic or force yourself to have only positive emotions. That’s not realistic.

Positive thinking means that you approach negative news or stressful situations with a positive outlook. You’re able to look beyond the crisis or setback rather than being consumed by it.

You may have to acknowledge and process the negative aspects, but you understand that you will get through it. You know that bad news doesn’t mean the entire world is bad or that you will never experience goodness again. 

A positive thinker assumes best intentions from others and interprets actions more favorably rather than jumping to negative thoughts and assuming the worst. A positive thinker can visualize good outcomes . 

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk . The thoughts running through our heads never end. Some may be from clear facts and unbiased, but many have a positive or negative outlook. 

If you practice more negative self-talk and think about all the downsides, you're probably more of a pessimist. But that's not to say we can't change our behavior to adopt a more positive mindset. 

It takes some effort, but after you practice consciously adopting a more positive approach, your brain will form new ways of thinking. Some optimists work hard to combat their negative emotions, but negative thought patterns can be changed with mindfulness and self-compassion .

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Why is it important to have a positive mindset?

The power of positive thinking can impact your physical and mental health. The health benefits of positive thinking may surprise you, too.

Read over this list of 10 benefits that positive thinking can bring to your well-being, and think about how they could improve your life:

  • Better stress management and coping skills during stressful moments 
  • Lower risk of depression
  • More resistant to the common cold and a stronger immune system
  • Decreased risk of heart attacks and heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better problem-solving
  • Greater ability to adapt to change
  • More creative thinking
  • Consistent attitude with fewer mood swings
  • Stronger leadership skills

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6 tips to start "thinking positive"

Having a positive attitude takes practice. If you struggle with positive thinking, know that you can't completely change how you practice self-talk overnight. It can be challenging for people with more pessimistic thoughts to change their habits of thought. 

It's important to understand that sometimes you'll slip back into thinking negative thoughts, but that's okay. What matters is that you're trying to empower yourself to have a more positive mindset by becoming aware of your automatic negative thoughts and reframing them to be more positive.

Becoming aware lets you question your negative automatic thoughts. Many coaches recommend some version of these questions to ask of your thoughts:

  • Is it true? Meaning: Is the sky falling, or is there another possible interpretation?
  • Is it helpful? Meaning: Does this interpretation help me get through this moment productively or inspire me to find new solutions?
  • Is it kind? Meaning: Does this thinking help me feel capable and able to reach out to others for help or support?

Here are six more tips to help you start thinking positively:

1. Remember to be grateful

You can be grateful for many things in your life, both big and small, like having your family close by or the rain holding off during your walk to work. Write down whatever you're grateful for and keep it in a gratitude journal . When you're feeling pessimistic or upset, reflect on what you're thankful for in your life to boost your mood.

2. Get plenty of sleep 

Are you getting enough sleep each night, or at least trying to? Being well-rested sets you up for a better day. It helps us recharge and get our tasks done. Dwelling on how tired you are won't help your attitude, either. Your self-talk will be filled with wanting to get your day over with impatient thoughts, so try developing a good nightly routine that prioritizes your sleep schedule.

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3. Accept situations as they are

If you're in a negative situation, there's no sense in being in denial and pretending it never happened. For example, if your brother has taken the car and you have to walk to an appointment, reframe the situation: this gives you the chance to get some exercise and fresh air.

Understand your locus of control . Accept what you can't change and do your best to think of the positives instead.

4. Identify areas you need to work on

Is there one particular situation or environment that makes you incredibly pessimistic? If you can identify areas that throw off your positive outlook on things, you can start to work on strategies that'll help. It can be something like your commute to work that gives you negative thoughts.

Try to have fun with the challenge. Next time, create a fun playlist of music to put on when you head to work. Avoid people or places that really drain your energy, and try spending more time with positive people.

5. Remember to laugh

Trying your best to find humor in your daily life helps you look on the bright side. It also helps you to manage your stress levels and reduce your heart rate, potentially improving your physical health.

If you can't laugh, then at least smile. Laughing along with yourself can help you accept any mistakes and calm yourself down . If you need to, watch a funny video or phone a friend that can make you laugh.

6. Keep it real

While we love positive thinking benefits, you have to remember to be reasonable and logical with your mindset. Only considering positive thoughts blocks out any thoughts about how you'd react or prepare for something negative. 

Plus, disappointment will hit you harder when things don't turn out as you hoped. You can’t avoid encountering some bad days and negative outcomes in life, so a realistic positive attitude is best.

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Negative thinking can creep up on us in a few different ways. If you're used to practicing negative self-talk, you may not even realize when you're doing it. It becomes automatic and actually creates cognitive bias in how we view the world.

Here are two examples of when negative thinking can happen:

Filtering out the positive thoughts

You may only see the downside when facing a difficult situation. You might automatically filter out all positive aspects and only focus on the bad things. When we forget about positive affirmations, we forget that we're capable and have some control in our lives .

We also forget to look for humor in a situation. Positive thoughts may be attached to the situation, but you can't see them because you're too focused on the negative ones. Humor is a great way to bring the positives to the front.

Polarizing our thoughts and reactions

Negative thinking can happen when you polarize everything that happens to you right away. Things can only be good or bad with nothing in between. When we're experiencing anything from new changes or something from our usual routine, they're perceived as positive or negative.

Either things work out just as you wanted, or everything is a failure and a waste of time. This isn't reality. Life is shades of gray and most outcomes have a mix of highs and lows. Both are opportunities for learning how to improve the next round.

Positive thinking helps you change your attitude towards whatever situation or environment you're in. 

Read these two examples of positive thinking and imagine how a change in attitude and perspective could impact the experience:

1. Trying something new

Your coworker just called in sick, but their work still has to be completed to meet the deadline. You've never done their job before, and you're worried you'll fail and ruin the entire project. Rather than spiraling into thinking the worst, you see this as an opportunity.

Your team needs you, and you get to learn new skills, work with new people, and experience the tasks that your coworker handles. You might nail it, or you might just get by, and either is ok.

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2. Getting out of your comfort zone

You're invited to a friend’s party. A few of your mutual friends were supposed to go, but they canceled at the last minute. You show up to the party and only know the host, making you feel awkward and bored.

Rather than feeling like a socially-awkward loser or feeling resentful toward your friends who canceled, you accept that you don't know many people here and feel grateful for seeing your friend on their birthday. You focus on your friend's special moment and do your best to meet new people.

Remember: You grow when you are uncomfortable .

Why wait when it comes to learning how to reap positive thinking benefits? Start experiencing what it's like to fill your life with positive self-talk. You’ll learn to leave behind your self-sabotaging negativity , be your best self, and meet your goals unhindered.

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Benefits of Positive Thinking for Body and Mind

Kendra Cherry, MS, is a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, psychology educator, and author of the "Everything Psychology Book."

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People sometimes say that they prefer to "look on the bright side" of a challenging situation or that they "see the cup as half full." Chances are good that the individuals who make these comments are positive thinkers, and they may be getting many benefits because of this approach.

Research is finding more and more evidence pointing to the many benefits of positive thinking and staying optimistic. Such findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, but they also tend to have greater overall well-being and a higher level of resilience.

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Benefits of Positive Thinking

Even if positive thinking doesn't come naturally, there are plenty of great reasons to start cultivating affirmative thoughts and minimizing negative self-talk .

Reduced Stress

When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively than pessimistic thinkers—and with less anxiety and worry . Rather than dwelling on their frustrations or things that they cannot change, they will devise a plan of action and ask others for assistance and advice.

Pessimistic thinkers, on the other hand, are more likely to assume that the situation is out of their control. They often believe that there is nothing they can do to change it.

Increased Immunity

In recent years, researchers have found that the mind can have a powerful effect on the body. Immunity is one area where one's thoughts and attitudes can have a particularly powerful influence.

According to one published article, the more positive thoughts a person has, the better their ability to fight off disease. The authors also suggest that the opposite is true—the fewer positive thoughts a person has, the greater their disease risk.

Improved Wellness

Not only can positive thinking impact the ability to cope with stress and compromise immunity, but it also has an impact on overall well-being. Specifically, it is tied to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular issues, lower depression risk , and an increased lifespan.

While researchers aren't entirely clear on why positive thinking benefits health, some suggest that positive people might lead healthier lifestyles. By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, they are able to improve their health and well-being.

Better Resilience

Resilience refers to our ability to cope with problems. Resilient people are able to face a crisis or trauma with strength and resolve. Rather than falling apart in the face of such stress, they have the ability to carry on and eventually overcome such adversity.

Positive thinking can play a major role in resilience. When dealing with a challenge , optimistic thinkers typically look at what they can do to fix the problem. Instead of giving up hope, they marshal their resources and are willing to ask others for help.

By nurturing positive emotions, even in the face of terrible events, people can reap both short-term and long-term rewards, including managing stress levels , lessening depression, and building coping skills that will serve them well in the future.

When Positive Thinking May Not Be Helpful

Before trying to put on rose-colored glasses in every situation, it's important to note that positive thinking is not about taking a "Pollyanna" approach to life. In fact, in some instances, optimism might not be beneficial.

One instance is when it's unrealistic to be optimistic. As an example, someone who is unrealistically optimistic may not correctly evaluate their risk of developing a major disease such as cancer, causing them to engage in behaviors that further elevate their risk.

Instead of ignoring reality in favor of the silver lining, positive thinking centers on such things as a person's belief in their abilities, a positive approach to challenges, and trying to make the most of the bad situations .

Bad things can happen. Sometimes we will be disappointed or hurt by the actions of others. This does not mean that the world is out to get us or that all people will let us down. Instead, positive thinkers look at the situation realistically, search for ways that they can improve the situation, and try to learn from their experiences.

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The idea that positive thinking leads to positive outcomes is an old one – dating back to the 1950s and Norman Vincent Peale’s best-selling book, The Power of Positive Thinking . The basic idea is that an optimistic attitude and positive thoughts can lead to better outcomes and greater life satisfaction.

Fast-forward to 2006 and Rhonda Byrnes’ book, The Secret , popularized by Oprah Winfrey, that claims that positive thinking alone can lead to positive life outcomes. Byrnes suggests that simply thinking about positive outcomes will lead to them (wish hard enough for good fortune, and it will come to pass!). But can positive thinking alone actually make our lives better? What does psychological research have to say?

Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, and others, have researched the role that positive emotions play, not only in improving your mood, but in leading to healthy physical and psychological outcomes.

How does this work?

Fredrickson calls it the “broaden and build” theory. Positive emotions lead people to be more active – to engage in more social behavior, to think about positive possibilities, to try new things and be more creative. This leads the individual to build better skills – social skills, creative skills, and, if your positive emotions lead you to go hiking or engage in outdoor activities, you can develop physical skills that are related to good health. According to Fredrickson, it is these skills that lead to positive outcomes, not the positive thoughts and emotions themselves.

Here’s another way that positive thinking can lead to positive outcomes, but in this case, it’s about how holding positive thoughts about other people can lead THEM to achieve positive outcomes.

The lifelong work of psychologist Robert Rosenthal led to something called “the Pygmalion Effect.” In short, if you hold positive expectations about another person, you can actually bring about a positive change in their behavior. In his famous study of students in elementary schools, Rosenthal led teachers to believe that some of their students would show an intellectual “growth spurt” over the school year. Actually, those students were randomly chosen. At the end of the year, the students identified as “intellectual bloomers” actually scored higher on tests of academic skills. It wasn’t that the teachers’ positive thinking/expectations alone caused the positive outcome. It was the way the teachers behaved toward their intellectual bloomers. The teachers spent more time with them and challenged them more than the other students.

What conclusions can we draw from this research on the role of positive thoughts and emotions on producing beneficial outcomes?

First, it is important to be positive and realistically optimistic – to believe that we can succeed. But it also takes effort and constructive behaviors in order to achieve positive outcomes. Moreover, it is not enough to believe in ourselves, but having supportive others who encourage us and believe that “you can do it” also goes a long way to achieving success.

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Well, here’s some good news.

Science suggests that positive thinking is indeed a learnable skill. But how do you learn it? What techniques and exercises are most likely to help you boost your positive thinking skills?

In this article, we’ll explore techniques, strategies, and worksheets for positive thinking. These tools can provide the needed resources for cultivating this important skill.

Before we continue, you might like to download our three Positive Psychology Exercises for free . These science-based exercises explore fundamental aspects of positive psychology, including strengths, values, and self-compassion, and will give you the tools to enhance the positive thinking of your clients, students, or employees.

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When evaluating your own or others’ positive thinking skills, it’s helpful to explore different types of positive thinking . So take a moment to explore the following positive thinking techniques and strategies.

Think positively about the past

When we think positively about the past, we may reminisce on the good things that have happened. We might bring those positive memories to mind, reflect on what we learned, or feel grateful for the good stuff (Quoidbach, Mikolajczak, & Gross, 2015).

These past-focused positive thinking strategies can help us feel better in the present moment even if the present moment is challenging.

Think positively about the present

When we think positively about the present moment, we might pay attention to what’s going well (rather than what’s not going so well), or we might try to shift our perspective on our present circumstances by reframing the situation or looking for silver linings .

By using these present-focused positive thinking strategies, we give ourselves more control over how we feel even in challenging situations.

Think positively about the future

When we think positive thoughts about the future, we try to stay optimistic. We hold more positive expectations about the future or focus on the good things to come rather than the bad. Future-focused positive thinking can not only help us feel better in the moment, but it can also lead to better outcomes (Rasmussen, Scheier, & Greenhouse, 2009).

Attempting to improve our skills for each of these three types of positive thinking strategies can help us build this skill and improve our wellbeing.

Cognitive reappraisal exercise

Cognitive reappraisal exercise

Cognitive reappraisal is the act of reframing a situation to see it in a more positive light. You can practice cognitive reappraisal in a few different ways. One is to watch a movie or TV show. Practice finding the good in the difficult scenarios or think about the advice that you would give the characters to make themselves feel better.

After practicing this for a while, try to use this same strategy in your life by thinking about how difficult situations actually can have benefits or teach you important lessons (Troy, Wilhelm, Shallcross, & Mauss, 2010).

Three good things exercise

Research suggests that thinking of and listing three good things each day can contribute to increased happiness in the short term and longer term (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005).

Even better, this exercise is simple to do. Just spend a few minutes each evening reflecting on the day until you think of three good things.

Best possible future exercise

One study showed that imagining and writing about your best possible future increases positive emotions (Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006). To do this exercise, set aside 15 minutes to write about what your best potential future could look like. Try not to focus on what could go wrong, and just think about what could go right.

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When trying to grow positive thinking skills, it’s helpful to use worksheets. These provide guidance for how to do an exercise. Here are some worksheets to help you build key positive thinking skills.

Stacking the Deck

This worksheet explains how to make a card deck that helps you develop more positive thoughts about yourself.

Grab the Stacking the Deck  worksheet for guidelines.

Things I Love

This worksheet provides a bunch of categories and questions that help you think of positive things in multiple areas of your life.

Check out the Things I Love  worksheet to download it.

I’m Great Because…

Besides thinking of the things we love in the world, it’s helpful to think about the things we love about ourselves.

Get the I’m Great Because worksheet to practice this skill.

Valuing My Partner

Another aspect of positive thinking involves thinking positive thoughts about others. But sometimes it’s hard to think of all the good things about the ones we love.

Try the Valuing My Partner worksheet to practice reflecting on positive things about your partner.

Positive thinking workplace

For example, we can use cognitive reappraisal, future-focused positive thinking, and valuing others. Here are a few more workplace-specific tips to implement positive thinking at work.

Write gratitude notes

Practicing gratitude doesn’t have to be hard. And one of the easiest ways is to leave gratitude notes to others on a sticky note or index card. Try to do this at least once per week by taking a moment to think of something about one of your coworkers that you’re grateful for.

For example: Hey, I really appreciate you giving me feedback on my project yesterday. Or, Thanks! You always make me laugh . A simple gratitude note can get you thinking of the positives, and by sharing them with others, you make them feel good too.

Find the good in failure

We all have failures at work. We don’t perform as well as we might like, we fail to meet our boss’s expectations, or we don’t get the promotion we want. These experiences can be difficult to manage, but we can make them easier by trying to find the benefits of failure.

Just ask yourself, what did you learn from this experience? Did this help you build character? What will you do differently next time? Reframe failure as a learning experience and get all you can from it to shift your thinking in a positive direction.

Shift your attention to the good things

Even when our workplace is absolutely miserable and we can’t imagine getting anything positive from it, we can still use positive thinking to feel better.

For example, during the hardest parts of the day, try to focus your mind on something outside of work that brings you joy – maybe seeing your family, eating a good meal, or going to an upcoming event that you’re looking forward to. By focusing on the good stuff, we can help ease some discomfort.

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Are you trying to teach positive thinking skills to a group? Here are some activities to try.

Dispute Negative Thinking

In this activity , have 3–5 people fill out the provided cards with one of their typical negative thoughts. Shuffle the cards and place them in a hat, then invite a participant to pick one at random and read it aloud.

Ask them to quickly and thoroughly dispute it, then move on to the next participant and repeat. As group members work through the pack, they will benefit from fresh perspectives on their negative thoughts and become more confident in what they can achieve.

Capitalizing Positive Emotions With Active Constructive Responding

This activity is designed to be undertaken by two people. However, it can easily be adapted to suit a group therapy context in which participants take turns and everyone has the chance to share and listen or respond.

Ask group members to think of a positive event that has recently happened in their life and use all of their senses to connect to the event through visualization. Each person has 10-15 minutes to share the key elements of their positive event with the group, during which the other participants have a chance to practice active-constructive listening skills and savor the speaker’s positive experience.

Research has shown that savoring a positive experience by actively reflecting on thoughts and emotions related to it can be an effective way to enhance wellbeing and happiness.

Expressing Gratitude To Others

As this article has discussed, practicing gratitude can facilitate positive thinking. While this Expressing Gratitude To Others exercise is designed for individuals, it can be turned into a group activity in which participants share their experiences of the exercise with one another.

In this activity, participants create a list of all the people who have positively impacted their life and who inspire a sense of thankfulness in them.

After doing this individually, participants choose a way to demonstrate their appreciation to one or two of these people. They can then discuss how it felt to express their gratitude with the other group members.

Positive thinking and students

Here are a few activities that may be especially helpful.

From My Way , No My Way , to OUR Way

Sometimes we can end up getting angry or frustrated when others disagree with us. This exercise can help young people resolve these negative emotions by seeing that there is no right or wrong way to do things. Instead, they’ll be urged to think of compromises that work for everyone.

What Is Hope?

Hope is an optimistic frame of mind. Helping students understand their own personal relationship to hope can help them develop this form of optimism. This exercise can help young people explore what gives them hope and how to create more hope in their lives.

Linking Feelings and Situations

Most of us have positive or negative emotions  and don’t really think much about where they came from or what situations cause these emotions for us.

In this exercise , students can explore when they feel different negative emotions as a first step to reducing negative emotions.

Teaching positive thinking to kids and teens may be especially beneficial, given that their brains are still developing and their capacity to gain new skills is high. Many of the same exercises we’ve already discussed in this article can be used or modified in ways to make them simpler.

When using these activities with kids, keep in mind that kids may have shorter attention spans and need more stimulation to make the activities engaging. So existing tools may need to be modified for younger kids.

Another important thing to consider when teaching positive thinking to kids is that it’s not a panacea and should not be described as such. Positive thinking is just one strategy that can increase positive emotions and improve wellbeing, but it is not the only one.

There are many other strategies that can optimize mental health, and people vary in the extent to which each strategy is beneficial. In fact, positive reappraisal, or reframing a situation as more positive, was ineffective for some people in a sample of people with a history of non-suicidal self-injury (Davis et al., 2014).

All of this is to say that it’s important to be flexible about teaching positive thinking, especially when working with kids.

Journaling for positive thinking

A positive thinking journal can be used each day, every few days, or once per week.

A gratitude journal can also be useful for writing about positive events, imagining positive possibilities in the future, and creating lists of positive things. Basically, any of the written positive thinking exercises can be kept together in a journal to help an individual build positive thinking skills.

A recent review synthesized past research and reported that many positive activities help people increase their happiness (Layous & Lyubomirsky, 2014). These include writing letters of gratitude , practicing optimism , and using one’s strengths in a novel way. However, this report also highlighted some important considerations. Namely, that some exercises work better for some people than others.

The report states that the extent to which any positive exercise will work for us depends on several factors. Our motivation and beliefs are some of the biggest factors that may influence whether an exercise is effective. More simply, if we don’t think an exercise will work or we’re not motivated to do it, it’s not likely to work very well, if at all.

Another thing that impacts how well exercises work is how much effort we put in. If one person is dedicated to doing an exercise every time they feel bad, and another person does it only occasionally, the person who exerts more effort is likely to benefit more.

Lastly, our culture affects how effective different positive practices are. For example, Eastern cultures place more emphasis on harmony and connection, while Western cultures focus more on independence. These characteristics may affect the extent to which different exercises are beneficial.

Overall, the message is that it’s important to keep in mind that we are all different and therefore are likely to benefit differently from different exercises (Layous & Lyubomirsky, 2014).

We’ve already shared a bunch of resources from PositivePsychology.com that you can put in your positive thinking toolkit. Here are few more than can help you build related skills that can improve positive thinking and happiness.

Build a positive emotion portfolio

When we’re not feeling so good, it’s hard to remember all the times that we felt good. That’s why it can be helpful to build a positive emotions portfolio for a record of the times when we felt a variety of positive emotions.

Visualize Success

When we visualize success, we help shift our minds in ways that may help us more easily achieve success. By imaging the details of success, we can really get into it, making it feel more real. For guidance on how to do this visualization, check out the Visualize Success tool.

17 Positive Psychology Exercises

If you’re looking for more science-based ways to help others enhance their wellbeing, this signature collection contains 17 validated positive psychology tools for practitioners . Use them to help others flourish and thrive.

Positive thinking is a beneficial skill that can be boosted by having a variety of tools in your toolkit.

The best positive thinking toolkit would benefit from tools focused on various aspects of positive thinking. For example, tools we enjoy will be easier to use when needed because they’re fun. We should also include tools we struggle with. By doing challenging activities that help us grow, we can likely make greater improvements.

Over time, we should also swap out tools in our ultimate positive thinking toolkit, since some tools may become boring as we use them more often. By having a wide variety of tools in our toolkit, we’re always challenging our brains to think in innovative ways and always have something new and fun to learn.

Overall, using the guidelines, tools, and exercises presented here can help you improve your positive thinking skills and help others do the same.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Positive Psychology Exercises for free .

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Social media does not have to be that way. That's why Positive Social Media exists. It's a politics and hate-free zone. If you are tired of unsocial media, and if you want to have a positive social media experience, you are at the right place. A positive social media experience is just a click away.

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What exactly is positive thinking and how does it work?

At the most basic level, positive thinking doesn't have anything to do with the content of your thoughts. It has a great deal to do with the way the brain operates. Your brain is an affirming machine that affirms the negative just as easily as the positive; it affirms the bad just as easily as the good. Your brain is positive about many things that are factually untrue. And when you are positive about the wrong things, your positive thinking actually gets you into trouble.

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We hope this album moves your life in a positive direction. Although you may not know exactly where you are going, with God's help you know what your next step needs to be. Take that step.That's how journeys happen and adventure unfolds. If you can't trust God for a lifetime yet, try it for a single step. God won't let you down. You were made to move.

Experience The Power Of Positive Affirmations

Rene Descartes penned the words, “I think, therefore I am.” This simple premise states the fact that my ability to think proves that I actually exist. Although I don’t have any doubts about my existence, the human mind could make a similar claim. “I affirm, therefore I am.” Part of what it means for the brain to exist is the power to affirm, and when you strip it of that power, you diminish it to a significant degree. It’s impossible to affirm anything positive when doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear cripple the mind.

Move Mountains Of Impossibility Out Of Your Life

Jesus said, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to a mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." 

Two-thousand years ago, nobody was moving mountains, and impossible was a concept understood by all. Even in the twenty-first century, telling people they can move mountains and that nothing is impossible is still an extremely large stretch. Why would Jesus tell his disciples that nothing is impossible?

Jesus was saying that the envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. He wanted them to understand that there are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Unleash Your Positive Superpowers

Whether you realize it or not, you have had superpowers your entire life, but you may have forgotten they exist. I am not talking about flying faster than a speeding bullet, being more powerful than a locomotive, and leaping tall buildings in a single bound. I am talking about God given superpowers that make it possible to live your dreams.

Positive Butterflies

Perhaps God made butterflies to teach us lessons about life and make us more tolerant and less judgmental.  We are all a work in progres, and although we're not butterflies yet, we can't become butterflies without first being caterpillars.  We've got to eat a lot of leaves and do a lot of growing before we blossom into our final state.  Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge a caterpillar by its color.  The caterpillar might not look like much now, but when God gets done with it, it will become a creature of splendor. Judging people harshly in their caterpillar stage is a big mistake.  They are a work in progress, and what you see is not the finished product.  Right now, a person may not look like much, but when God finishes working his miracle,  a new person painted by God's palette of love will emerge in awesome beauty.

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The Life Long Disoriented are a diverse group of individuals from every nation and race who share many characteristics in common. At the most basic level, they don't know who they are or where they are going. They live by default rather than by design, and they are unwilling to do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. When things don't work out, they always have an excuse, and it's never their fault. They are unable to maintain a sustained focus for the long haul. They are talkers rather than doers. They never commit themselves to anything with all their heart, mind, and strength.

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Positive Thinking—It Works!

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Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? It’s a proven fact that good begets good; a positive attitude will bring huge results.

As a young CPA, you may not know the name Norman Vincent Peale, but you probably are very familiar with his philosophy and five very famous words of wisdom: The power of positive thinking.

According to  SuccessConsciousness.com ,  “Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words, and images that are conductive to growth, expansion, and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health, and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.”

Sounds great on paper, but does it hold up in real life and in the workplace where we’re constantly thrown opportunities and challenges that oftentimes test our most basic beliefs? Learning how to develop and maintain a self-positive personality without sacrificing your integrity is key to survival in your professional and personal life. Here are some ways to do that.

Dealing With Debbie Downer We all know, and work with, people who see the glass as half empty. You know who they are—your colleagues who never seem to be happy or satisfied with what they have. Pretty soon, their negative attitude rubs off on those around them.

While you want to resist the urge to shake some sense into them, as one person, what can you do? Quite a bit, actually—if you are willing to take the initiative to help them change. It’s quite common to think that you might not want to get involved. If you can maintain a positive outlook despite these negative attitudes, good for you! If not, try to find a way to turn their attitude around.

  • Be honest and tell them how you feel.  If—and that’s a BIG if—you feel comfortable having this conversation with your co-worker, sit down and let the person know how the attitude is affecting others in the office.
  • Don’t tattle on the person.  To instill trust and show that you truly care, you may want to approach the person directly instead of telling the person’s manager or supervisor about it. Try to resolve this directly, one on one. Perhaps Debbie Downer doesn’t even realize her outlook is negative.
  • Know when to back off.  Okay, so you find the person doesn’t want to be helped and tells you to mind your own business. Of course this scenario can happen in any workplace! What do you do? The best advice is leave the person alone, yet still try and remain a positive influence. It may take some time for person to come to terms with his or her feelings about their attitude.

Time to Call in Human Resources? Again, back to real life. How do you deal with a person who outranks you in your organization, such as your supervisor, a director, or even someone in the C-Suite? Approaching this person could be awkward and what many call “career-suicide.”

If the negative attitude is causing such disruption that work cannot be accomplished or egos are bruised, you’ll have to decide if you want to talk to the person directly or get someone from your Human Resource department involved. If you don’t have an HR department, then you might think about a way to approach your colleagues and decide what to do as a group.

Volunteer your time.  Maintaining a positive outlook has a lot to do with the way we spend our time. Serving others through service and community outreach will help reinforce a positive outlook.

You’ll feel good about helping others, so whether you participate in a 5K walk for cancer, read to elementary students at a local school, or serve on a board or committee, you will no doubt get quite a bit of satisfaction for your efforts. The key is finding the kind of volunteer commitment you feel comfortable carrying out. Once you’ve made a commitment to serve, don’t back down. Finish you service, even if you find halfway through that you would rather do something else.

Many firms and organizations have community service projects they do as a company-wide effort. For example, a firm may have an annual service day by helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. If your company does not have an organized approach to volunteer service, you might “volunteer” to start something like this; your efforts will not go unnoticed by your peers and you get quite a bit out of these kinds of projects.

Above All, Be True to Yourself Janis Joplin once said, “Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” While it’s certain that you can’t be happy all the time, you’ll have to find a happy medium in your own thinking in order to achieve results. However, if you do retain a positive attitude, that enthusiasm will help influence others to think positive thoughts. At the end of the day, you will be happier and meet your own professional and personal goals.

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How to create a positive work environment: a comprehensive guide.

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February 14, 2024

What’s the secret sauce of a positive work environment?

How can you boost team morale, especially when the team isn’t occupying the same physical office space?

And what strategies help drive team collaboration?

Research shows that having an effective manager is 4x more important to your team’s engagement and wellbeing (as opposed to where they work).

Use this guide as a ready reckoner to inject work-life balance into your organizational culture and learn how to create a positive work environment others want to model.

What Makes Positive Work Environments?

A workplace that prioritizes cooperation among employees, not chaos at work, a workplace that demonstrates positive behavior towards employees, not negativity in action, a workplace that is respectful of employees, not regressive in thinking, what are the benefits of creating a positive work environment, the role of onboarding and training in cultivating a positive work atmosphere, the power of diversity and inclusion in a positive work environment, promote accountability and ownership and foster team spirit, drive transparent and open communication, track project progress but also maintain work-life balance, offer diverse workflows so that the team can work the way they want to, make work feel like play with a positive workplace culture, common faqs.

First things first, when we say ‘work environment,’ we don’t mean the physical space you occupy.

By our definition, a work environment transcends the physical—it’s more about how your employees feel when working for your organization.

At this point, it makes sense to ask:

  • Do they feel energized to take on the day and give it their best?
  • Are they emotionally invested in contributing to your company’s vision?
  • Do they feel valued by the executives? Are they being treated right?

A positive work environment answers all these questions with a resounding yes!—it promotes employee happiness, well-being, and growth, and increases productivity .

3 Key Characteristics of a Positive Working Environment

Your company culture matters—it defines the work styles , values, and the literal atmosphere that your employees live and breathe at the workplace.

And how you choose to treat your employees impacts productivity, for better or for worse.

So, the real question is: “How do we create a positive work environment that boosts employee retention and makes employees feel appreciated?”

At its core, a positive work environment begins with the following culture-definers:

Team dynamics play a vital role in shaping your workplace environment.

Think about:

  • Are your employees able to build social connections in the workplace with ease?
  • Are remote workers, particularly, able to drive collaboration at all levels?

To improve collaboration within the team, try team-building exercises—be it virtual or face-to-face and conduct regular check-ins to build rapport as well as trust.

Embracing positive thinking is a part of establishing a healthy work culture.

The other equally important part is owning up to your organizational values. 

But how do you do that? 

Use these questions as a foolproof checklist to showcase a positive mindset:

  • Is your company’s culture clearly articulated?
  • Is there a way to tie your company culture to business performance? Are you able to communicate the same to employees transparently?
  • Is your organization’s mission prioritizing your employee’s mental health?
  • Do your employees feel supported and cared for, and do they have a sense of accomplishment from their work?

As complex and troubling as these questions may seem, the leadership team must ask them and take the necessary measures to get things in order.

Employees cannot set professional goals for work if the workplace is not respectful of their choices.

Mutual respect between the senior leadership and the employees is essential for creating a positive work environment.

Use these tips to make your employees feel heard and valued:

  • Demonstrate respect for all employees through day-to-day behaviors as well as larger initiatives 
  • Encourage managers to work on reducing workplace stress levels for employees
  • View employee productivity in direct relation to growth and mental well-being—if your employees feel inspired naturally, they’ll contribute to a livelier, more collaborative workplace

A positive working environment directly impacts employee engagement.

The benefits of creating a positive work environment include the following:

  • Improved work-life balance leading to greater productivity : A company culture that allows employees to lead a more balanced life will benefit from more productive employees. As productive workers feel happy and engaged, they will better understand how their roles fit into the company’s mission—a win-win for all. Your organization must also offer positive reinforcement to employees and recognize them for a job well done
  • Happier employees and lower attrition : Another direct advantage of a positive work culture is enhanced employee retention due to improved employee happiness ratios. As employees feel happy, achieving professional and personal goals with equal gusto, your attrition rate will lower
  • Reduced stress : Avoiding burnout should be every organization’s top priority, but sadly, as the Harvard Business Review tells us, burnout is primarily the result of psychologically hazardous factors that occur at the workplace . Known burnout triggers include insufficient resources or time to manage workload, insufficient control and autonomy, and more. A positive work environment enables employees to work at their own time and pace while being able to ask uncomfortable questions, such as how to manage stress or minimize absenteeism
  • Improved employee morale : Worker morale encapsulates their attitude, outlook, and overall satisfaction towards the job. If your employees experience a positive and collaborative workplace, they will work with greater confidence and happiness

The latest estimates from the Harvard Business Review claim:

  • Only 52% of employees feel satisfied with their onboarding experience
  • 32% feel it is confusing
  • 22% feel it is disorganized

You want to onboard new hires quickly without wasting time or putting in too much effort.

A positive working environment also means onboarding employees involves more than office-wide introductions. Having a readymade onboarding template, like the ClickUp Employee Onboarding Template, saves your Human Resources teams abundant time:

Incorporate a new employee into your workplace culture with this streamlined onboarding template

To make the most of this template, supplement it with resources for informal learning about the organization and workplace culture so that your employees have everything they need to be productive before they start the job!

Here are a few other tips for integrating good onboarding into your core organizational values and your working environment at large:

  • Focus on employee engagement efforts and ensure that your employees feel engaged—research predicts that disengaged employees cost businesses the equivalent of 18% of their salary
  • Include onboarding as a vital part of your company culture by offering employees a crystal-clear understanding of what their job role entails, providing walkthroughs of the physical space or the virtual workplace environment, and so on

Successful businesses understand the need to acknowledge the requirements of diverse hires at the workplace. 

Every human resources team that wants to retain top talent must accept the incremental role of diversity and inclusion in creating a positive work environment by:

  • Asking: Does the company’s culture for hiring welcome people of all ethnicities, ages, religions, and genders?
  • Probing : Are the teams diverse and inclusive enough to build helpful social connections?
  • Strategizing: Are you offering clear pathways for employees to climb the corporate ladder?

If your company’s values do not accommodate diversity and inclusivity, the working experience of your diverse hires will be negatively impacted from day one.

How to Maintain a Positive Work Environment in the Workplace

Get this: A staggering 78% of employees quit for reasons that could have been prevented by the employer.

An unhealthy work environment puts the employee’s needs on the backburner—a fatal mistake in today’s employee-first, connected workspace. 

To turn things around for your organization, leverage ClickUp’s HR and Recruitment Management tool .

This all-purpose software supports all HR processes and is a key tool to help you in your quest to create a positive work environment.

Here’s how:

Encourage the team to take ownership of outcomes, make decisions, and address issues instead of ‘looking busy’—an issue plaguing 50% of employees today.

Nothing builds employee accountability and morale like having a ready checklist of items to do. And creating a checklist can be super easy with ClickUp Tasks.

ClickUp 3.0 Task view Checklist

And if you want to ensure your remote employees don’t feel left out and disengaged, help them be on the same page as their team members using collaborative tools within ClickUp.

For example, teams can use ClickUp Tasks to share their screens with the Record Screen Feature and improve communication between remote teams:

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The idea is to motivate everyone across the board to practice what they preach—by walking the talk, you’ll garner more confidence and trust from your employees. 

Set up an open-door policy where anyone can walk up to the management and communicate their real fears or worries.

Moreover, not all teams work out of a physical workplace, given the nature of their job.

In this setup, the company’s mission should be to:

  • Build positive connections among employees
  • Conduct check-ins with the team to create open lines of communication
  • Provide teams with the necessary tools that support communication and collaboration

ClickUp Docs and ClickUp Tasks help teams communicate and work together transparently. Teams can work together in Docs,  edit documents collaboratively in real time, tag others with comments, assign action items to individual owners as tasks, and convert text into trackable tasks to stay on top of ideas.

By linking Docs and Tasks, teams can access all their work in one place and even build custom workflows to make work more efficient. 

Managers can use Docs to create and share policies, SOPs, and more with all relevant team members.

Teams today have to deal with multiple new projects simultaneously, and they need a centralized place to view what’s happening with each project.

Enter – ClickUp Dashboards:

ClickUp 3.0 Dashboard Simplified

ClickUp Dashboards are the best way to track real-time team progress and keep everyone on the same page. Viewing outcomes and insights about their projects also promotes greater collaboration and satisfaction within teams.

Think of it as your mission control center for managing many employees and multiple projects.

Use the customized Dashboard feature to surface deeper insights while gaining a high-level overview of your work and boosting a collaborative working environment.

If you want to track dependencies and manage priorities on a shared visual timeline with your team, consider using the ClickUp Gantt Chart View:

If you want more alternatives, try these free Gantt chart software options and visualize your way to success! 

Pro tip: You must also offer benefits that promote mental well-being, like free gym memberships, subscriptions to meditation apps, free counseling sessions, and so on, so that the team doesn’t feel burnt out.

ClickUp 3.0 Activity view Simplified

Empowering your team with autonomy is great—but allowing your team to work the way they want to is equally important.

ClickUp Views allows team members to tailor their task management, project tracking, and workflow visualization to their preferences, with 15+ customizable views! If you have remote employees, the ClickUp Views feature helps them to get a clearer sense of the new job—at one glance.

Common options for Views include List, Board, and Calendar.

ClickUp 3.0 Calendar view simplified

Company leaders often discuss creating a positive work environment but lack the know-how or resources to start.

But with the right mix of organizational values, strategic HR tools , and a laser focus on building a healthy work culture, you can improve employees’ overall satisfaction and happiness.

Consider the tangible and intangible aspects of building a positive work environment, and you are good to go.

Empower your teams with productivity-enhancing tools like ClickUp and build a work culture where employees thrive. Sign up for ClickUp today.

1. How can I create a positive work environment?

Follow these steps to create a positive working environment:

  • Prioritize the onboarding process within your company culture
  • Encourage open and honest communication
  • Boost opportunities for collaborative working
  • Offer positive reinforcement by the management team and recognize employees for their hard work
  • Provide avenues for personal and professional development for your employees
  • Reduce workplace stress by focusing on your employee’s mental health

2. What are the characteristics of a positive work environment?

A positive workplace environment embraces a positive mindset to instill trust, mutual respect, cooperation, and employee accountability. It empowers employees to build social connections and share ideas without fear of judgment or ridicule.

3. How does a positive work environment impact productivity?

Research shows that happy employees are 13% more productive, indicating a conclusive link between a positive work environment and productivity. The happier your employees are, the more effectively and efficiently they’ll work, leading to higher productivity.

4. How can ClickUp aid in fostering a positive work environment?

The big difference between using a platform like ClickUp and any other tool is that ClickUp enables you to:

  • Inculcate a culture of ownership, collaboration, and innovation with the team
  • Create a productive space that facilitates opportunities for regular check-ins
  • Foster collaboration, boost productivity, and minimize absenteeism 
  • Encourage collaboration and unite teams with shared goals
  • Attract talent for business success 

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Moscow's Urban Movement: Is There Hope for a Better Future?

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  • Published on December 09, 2015

In 2010, following the election of a new mayor, the Moscow city government began to work towards a comfortable urban environment in which citizens would feel like residents rather than mere users of the city. The emphasis was on creating public spaces in which Muscovites could fulfill their potential and feel that the city was their home.

Gorky Park was at the forefront of the changes. During the 1990s, the "Central Park of Culture and Leisure" accumulated a collection of fairground rides and became a sort of amusement park popular principally among visitors from other cities; Muscovites hardly went there. Three years ago, the city government made it their mission to overturn the park's image and bring Moscow's residents back. A full-scale reconstruction and restoration began in spring 2011.

Today, Gorky Park is a new level of urban space – one centered around people and boasting a scrupulously conceived infrastructure. All of the changes were aimed at creating a comfortable environment for life - for strolling and sport, work and study, culture and leisure. Moreover, in a short time the park has developed an effective economic model whereby it receives one half of its budget from the city and generates the other half itself.

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The regeneration of Gorky Park was followed by a flurry of changes. The city began to invest intensively in the development of other Moscow parks (by 2015, 240 new parks had been opened, 160 of which were in residential areas), in cycling mobility and infrastructure (by 2015, 241.7 kilometers of cycle track and around 10,000 bike parking spaces had been installed), and in street design and refurbishment (to date, 50 streets and squares have been repaired and 72 pedestrian zones created). Pedestrians are now the priority user group in the urban environment.

The work undertaken in 2015 has been more than impressive in its scale: sidewalks have been widened; 30,000 trees have been planted; 10,000 unauthorized advertising structures have been demolished; the facades of 943 buildings have been repaired, 178 hectares of lawn have been replanted, and 1.1 million square meters of flowerbed have been arranged and planted.

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The redevelopment of Krymskaya embankment , completed in 2013, is one of the most successful projects to be implemented in recent years. In accordance with the design by Wowhaus Architecture Bureau , the embankment was completely pedestrianized. Cycle paths were demarcated and later became part of a single 8 kilometer cycle track along the Moskva River linking the Pushkinskaya, Andreevskaya, and Vorobyovskaya embankments. The historical identity of the area was also taken into account: artists have sold their work on the Krymskaya embankment since Soviet times; in light of the tradition, a covered wooden arcade was built to accommodate them. Nearby, a summer cinema and a lecture theater have sprung up. Meanwhile, plentiful benches were installed, along with an open fountain which has become a favorite spot for both locals and tourists.

Triumfalnaya square, which opened in its new guise in September 2015, is another successful urban project. As part of the reconstruction, vehicular access to the square was blocked, the street-level parking was removed, and the section of road from the Garden ring onto Tverskaya Street was closed off. The concept, by the architecture studio Buromoscow , was selected as part of a competition which attracted over forty entries. The design also included new trees, swings, and benches, as well as pavilions where residents and tourists might buy tea, coffee and a newspaper, or find out information about the city.

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Despite the obvious positive dynamic - Moscow's gradual transition from a city of disconnected “islands” with a closed, unfriendly urban environment to a European style city where pedestrians are the priority user group - there remain a plethora of issues.

Yes, Moscow is continually holding round tables, forums, and discussions of its future urban development. Yes, it can now be said that the government has long-term planning objectives and a concept for how the city ought to look in three, five or ten years’ time.

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And yet - despite the involvement of world class experts such as Jan Gehl , Renzo Piano , and Diller Sconfidio + Renfro , despite the numerous architectural competitions involving a jury, the expert community, and the citizens themselves - the quality and implementation of this city-scale project leaves much to be desired.

A good illustration of this is the Moscow government's ongoing program "My Street," which is intended to improve Moscow's public spaces. The project sets aside 100 billion roubles for the redevelopment of 4,000 streets by 2018. Nevertheless, the quality of the work carried out over the summer of 2015 (scheduled for completion in time for the Moscow City Day celebrations in early September) was far from ideal. After the hurried redevelopment works, it was hard not to notice the high, unwieldy curbs, the drains appearing unexpectedly in the middle of cycle-tracks, the tarmac laid on top of paving slabs, or the paving slabs laid on top of tarmac.

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Often, an important date (such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup or City Day) is the best motivation for civil servants to get things done. But should it be that way?

There is a flip-side to chasing after statistics. Firstly, quality of execution suffers. Secondly, the choice of contractor and the professionalism of the people hired to supervise and implement the work leaves much to be desired.

The absence of professionals with the skills, experience and enthusiasm to finish a project to a high standard is becoming increasingly apparent. The contractors' main concern is currently to finish the work as fast as possible (usually to a low standard) and pick up their pay check. Companies rarely invest in skilled personnel, preferring to hire cheap labor.

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The winners of architectural contests should be permitted, at a legislative level, to supervise the realization of their spatial development concepts. If this is not done, then contracting organizations will continue to profiteer and to alter concepts at the master-planning stage, condemning the original designs to remain mere ideas, a collection of pretty architectural renders in the official documentation. If third parties continue to oversee work, as opposed to the authors of the concepts, then the question must be answered: how will the quality of future projects be guaranteed?

There is no doubt about the mayor's desire to invest in the visual face of Moscow and to improve the city's quality of life. Yet the need remains for a more careful approach to project implementation and to hiring and contracting decisions. There also needs to be more active work with citizens - they are the main users of urban space, and they, ultimately, are the clients.

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Mari Chichagova graduated with honours degree from the Faculty of Philology of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009. In 2010 she started working at "Interior + Design," a magazine dedicated to architecture, design, culture and about people who were defining and driving those processes, from Norman Foster to Le Corbusier and Zaha Hadid. Afterwards she worked as a PR specialist at the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design , a Russian institution that is working in the field of urban studies, using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Since 2013 she has worked as a Deputy PR Director and then as an Acting PR Director at Gorky Park , Moscow ’s Central park. In addition to PR duties, she initiated contacts with other significant parks and organizations around the globe such as International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, the San Francisco Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Central Park of New York among others.

All images of Gorky Park (excluding image of Garage Museum) via Shutterstock.com

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  18. Positive Thinking Network

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