16 Feb 2010
Positivity is about the positives associations, instead of the negatives associations, to different things.
Q. What does it mean when you look up at night and see billions of stars in the sky?
A. It means that there is a lot of light in the universe.
Colors and their Positive Associations
White: white is associated with light, purity, clarity, cleanliness, innocence, virginity, neutrality, perfection, safety, new beginning, goodness, faith, and hope.
Black: black is associated with power, elegance, formality, mystery, potential, possibility, strength, authority, prestige, depth, and stability.
Black can give the sensation of calm, restfulness, and tranquility.
A black back ground makes the other colors stand out and contrasts well with bright colors.
Red: red is associated with excitement, enthusiasm, celebration, joy, happiness, action, energy, strength, power, importance, safety, protection, confidence, boldness, courage, determination, will power, good health, vitality, vigor, speed, prosperity, passion, desire, romance, and love. Valentine’s Day and Christmas day.
Red can stimulate the brain and arouse emotions and attention. It can increase metabolism, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
Orange: orange is associated with sunshine, warmth, tropics, enthusiasms, fascination, attraction, joy, happiness, creativity, determination, success, encouragement, stimulation, strength, endurance, and harvest.
Orange can stimulate the brain, have invigorating effects, and stimulate appetite.
Gold: gold is associated with prestige, illumination, wisdom, wealth, prosperity, and quality.
Yellow: yellow is associated with the color of sunshine, energy, warmth, optimism, enlightenment, joy, happiness, cheerfulness, honor, loyalty, intellect, and freshness.
Yellow can stimulate the brain and bring attention and focus.
Green: green is associated with the color of nature, growth, harmony, freshness, life, fertility, healing power, restful, stability, endurance, hope, ambition, safety, protection, well being, and peace.
Green, like blue, can produce a calming and safety effect.
Chlorophyll, dark green, is used to detoxify the body.
Blue: blue is associated with the color of the sky and sea, depth, stability, trust, wisdom, confidence, consciousness, intelligence, intuition, faith, spirituality, truth, heaven, tranquility, calmness, purification, health, healing, integrity, power, expertise, and knowledge.
Blue can produces a calming and cooling effect on the mind and body and can also slow down the metabolism.
Purple: purple is associated with royalty, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, wealth, extravagance, eccentricity, wisdom, integrity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Brown: brown is associated with earth, organic, stability, reliability, approachability, convention, and order.
Brown can create the sensation of being “rooted” or connected and a sense of order.
Stress Management and Reducing Stress
When your mind starts negative or insecure thinking, go to positive thinking such as planning or your plan to deal with the issue, finding and brainstorming possible solutions, and focus on any possible positive results. This may become reflexive after a period of time.
Laughter and Humor are very powerful. It has great health benefits such as reducing the stress hormones and strengthen the immune system. It also releases endorphins, the feel good and happy hormone, in the brain. Your point of view of a situation can change the way it affects you. For example if you are in a threatening situation but view it in a humorous way or as a challenge instead of a threat it can greatly reduce the stress it causes.
The emotions of other people and their attitude of being negative or positive can affect you. For example a person that is pessimistic or always view things and interprets things negatively or a person that is always joyful and laughing can rob off on you and can change you. Remember the expression "Laughter is contagious". (Negative to Positive)
People that are positive, happy, laughing, and smiling attract other people.
Stay away from Anger and emotions that promote the stress hormone. The stress hormone is linked to immune suppression.
"Happy and hopeful thoughts had an overall calming effect on the brain, while negative thoughts inflamed brain areas often involved with depression and anxiety."
"You can train your thoughts to be positive and hopeful or you can just allow them to be negative and upset you. That's right, it's up to you! You can learn how to change your thoughts and optimize your brain."
"Positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well being in numerous scientific studies. On the other hand, chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood pressure and stiffening blood vessels." - Harvard Health Publications
Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, personal strength, and mindfulness