Spreading positivity is self-care.
Why is spreading positivity self-care? Spreading positivity does good things to us as a result of doing it. It reinforces a positive attitude through practice. While being negative reinforces a negative attitude and feeling miserable.
Spreading positivity gives us the warm fuzzies. This good feeling boosts the immune system and increases neurochemicals that bring up our mood. Science has proven that the neurochemicals dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins make us happy. One could call them the “happiness formula”.
Spreading positivity connects us to others. When we speak and act in a negative way, we push other people away from us. Most people would rather be around positive people because it helps them to feel good too. Spreading positivity connects us to others, as well, because it shows that in some small way we care. Sometimes, it’s the one thing in a tough day that makes the day better for someone else.
Spreading positivity builds support. The more supportive we are of others the more likely they will be supportive of us. On an emotional level we could all use more support.
Some unintentional results of spreading positivity are that it creates a positive jolt of energy and people tend to pass it on to others. Have you ever noticed that you feel drained around people who are downers while spending time with people who are positive energizes you? That’s because attitudes are just as catching as a cold or virus. Like the principle of paying it forward, people pass on the good energy to other people.
If you’re not in the habit of spreading positivity, try making a small gesture. It could be so small as complimenting someone. Or it could be bigger like buying a homeless person who is hungry a sandwich. Whatever it is, it will build you up while also building someone else. And anything we do to build ourselves up helps us to feel better which is the goal of self-care. Practice this activity as often as possible to make it a habit that will bring such great feelings in yourself that you will want to do it over and over again.