Life in 2018 is wrought with reasons to be worried. Global instability, leaders who have regressed into childlike states, and an increasingly all invasive technological system, have left uncertainty and stress as the default state of mind. It doesn’t have to be this way. A little positivity and progressive outlook can help you regain control. With this in mind, here are 5 IDEAL reasons to stay positive. 

BETTER RELATIONSHIPS

Looking for the positives and seeing the best in people can lead to a strengthening of friendships and relationships – from both sides – as you’ll see the best in people and they, in turn, will see a more optimistic outlook in you. This can enhance and enrich your life in the best possible way. People who cast the net wide socially are tend to be more positive and even healthier too.

YOU’LL COPE BETTER

There are always going to be hard times in life. Negative influences will try to disrupt your positive thinking. In these circumstances, no one would expect you to be happy and positive all the time; in fact, it’s good for you to let your true emotions out; keeping them bottled up is potentially harmful to your health. However, an ingrained positive, resilient outlook will help you tough out the rough times, and make the best out of any challenges life throws at you.

YOU’LL HAVE MORE ENERGY

Spending all of your time worrying can have a negative affect on your energy reserves, sapping both time and the physical urge to exercise in one foul swoop. Banishing negative thoughts will create a version of you who has time and motivation to be in the gym, the pool or at the running track. Equally, you’ll have more time for your hobbies, or perhaps for learning a new skill? You could even have time to pamper yourself. Get yourself an epilator, some essential oils and candles and treat yourself to an indulgent spa day at home.

YOU’LL LOOK YOUNGER

While many resort to botox – for instance with Birmingham Botox – to take a few years off the ol’ visage, an optimistic outlook is the best possible way to keep you looking young and your skin looking smooth and vibrant. Stress can expedite the onset of wrinkles and grey hair, so turn that frown upside down to avoid glower lines. 

YOU’LL BE HEALTHIER

When you have positive thoughts, your body is under less stress and strain, and you’ll be healthier in general. You’ll likely promote a lower blood pressure, in turn reducing your chances of having a stroke or heart attack, or of developing a chronic heart condition such as congestive heart failure.

In general, you will also be less likely to suffer from colds, flu, and other bugs that might be doing the rounds. The more positive you are, the better your immune system will be at fighting off these illnesses, and you’ll be able to tackle life head on. And we all want that, right?

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.