Happy Times Can Lead to a Positive Life   

Are you happy? Are you sad? Are you ’emotional’? Having a good life is about cultivating joy. 

Why? Because happiness comes and goes, it is fleeting! On the other hand, sadness tends to linger. So, be positive! A positive life is a forever experience.

Why is this so significant? It is crucial because having a positive life brings feelings of satisfaction. It also gives you a reason to get up daily and provides focus. Directed into your physical and mental health and well-being, the benefits of focus and leading a satisfying has an impact. 

Recent research shows positivity is a powerful agent to boost your well-being. According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking usually comes with optimism and is vital to 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.

Boosting Resilience

Resilience helps the human body fend off the common cold, viruses, flu, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sometimes even cancer. In addition, many positive individuals tend to live longer and enjoy others having equally good lives while gaining financial benefits and a significant surge in overall status.

Being positive and having a positive attitude is a great way to discover compassion for family and friends. Psychologists state human behavior increases feelings of euphoria. In this sense, charitable activities and other positive affirming activities help stabilize people’s emotions when people are in the service of helping and caring for others.

Positivity in the Human Services

Maintaining a positive life is vital in human services. Peer Specialists and Consumers need to be in a positive frame of mind to help support eachother more effectively and efficiently. What Peer Specialists have in having compassion, either due to going through similar situations or not. Staying positive fosters our ability to facilitate change in ourselves and others. Now, I digress to a relevant true personal story.

My story

Several years ago, I had a philosophical idea while strolling near the oceanfront. Me, an idea. Not me! I often spent many afternoons thinking about my writing and getting tan. Suddenly, I gazed down the beach and saw what looked like a human being parading around like a dancer. 

Smiling at the possibility of someone dancing to the sunny day, I began to stroll faster to meet him. Almost at his location, I realized the young lad was not dancing. The guy was bending down to the sand, picking up tiny things like shells and seaweed and tossing them into the blue water. 

Trying to stay positive, I wondered why the guy threw stuff back into the ocean. It must be that he thought he could. To this point, I finally asked him. After thinking, he said, “The sun is up in the blue sky, and the tide is going out. So, if I don’t throw them back, they will die”.

Upon hearing this, I casually mentioned, “But, young man, you realize that there are miles and miles of beach, and there are much-assorted fish all along every mile? Do you possibly think that this makes a difference?” 

Then the young man bowed down, picked up more fish, and threw them into the ocean. He was indignant and proceeded to do this over and over. Finally, as the fish met the water, he said, “Just remaining positive for the fish and me.” He added. “No good deed goes unpunished.” Are you happy?


While some of us question the authenticity of devoting time and effort to continuing a positive life, many in The Peer Community have taken this very seriously. Peers who enjoy each others’ lives are better, more productive, and more creative. Bar none!

We need to be positive as often as we can as peers. Our health and lives may depend on being positive. So, be happy and have a positive life!

See everyone in the Newsletter and news blogs.

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