“Keep your face in the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

Positivity is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It drives changes, inspires growth, and rights the world’s wrongs. A change in attitude, from negative to positive, can literally change your day – even your life.

But what is positivity? It’s something we all understand, but perhaps find hard to put into words. It’s a sensation of right; an experience of joyfulness; an idea best characterized by the gratitude, elatedness, and serenity of good life. Positivity, as a state of mind, is satisfaction and acceptance.

What’s more, positivity brings with it a host of “perks,” if you will. In itself, positivity is a direction in life, and one that can lead to compounding positive things – including better health. Let’s see what positivity brings:

Positivity Inspires Humbleness

Positivity, at its heart, is pleasantness inherently born from a sense of gratitude. It’s gratefulness thats breeds into happiness – the gratefulness of being alive, being fortunate, or being able to change something about your life. This gratefulness is tied deeply to the art of acceptance; when, no matter the results, you accept the outcome because you know you’ve done your best, or at very least, learned valuable lessons around the way.

As said by psychologist Pelin Kesebir, “Humility involves a willingness to accept the self’s limits and its place in the grand scheme of things, accompanied by low levels of self-preoccupation.” This deflating of ego can be extremely powerful.

When you accept things, you’re inspired to be humbled. Humbleness, to some, is among the highest virtues to practice. Unfortunately, over-confidence, competition, and the focus on the self, and the self alone, is modernly a popular calling, making this even harder to grasp for many people. But being positive, grateful, and in effect, accepting, can help lead you away from this.

As an exercise, reflect on what you feel grateful for. Reflect on what you’ve attempted to attain/change, what led you to succeed or fail, and how you interpret that outcome for yourself. Ask yourself, has this led you closer or further from being humble? Why or why not? Consider, then, if a change in positive thinking (ie. acceptance) can inspire a new attitude, perhaps a new outlook on these things.

Positivity Inspires Greatness

It may seem counterintuitive, after just speaking about humbleness, but positivity can also inspires greatness. Greatness not in an insatiable, self-righteous sense, but greatness in the sense of pursuing something incredible because one ought to. It inspires one to seek new goals at higher levels – it inspires one to dream and create. Being positive means being a dreamer. Being positive means having hope.

Take a moment to imagine what kind of life you want to lead. Ask yourself to name your biggest goals, your smallest goals, and the steps you need to take to achieve them.  Ask yourself, if you believed you could do anything you wanted, what would it be? What’s stopping you?

Positivity is Healthy

Positivity is also an exercise of health. Having a positive, tranquil state of mind can lower stress levels, keep you calm, and keep you focused on the tasks at hand. It can help grow your relationships, both improving the ones you have and helping create new, healthy, lasting ones.

In fact, more positive attitude directly correlates with better physical and mental health. On the one hand, negative emotions can lead to hampered health – people tend to take poorer care of themselves, placing less emphasis on health and regular healthy behaviors. On the other, positive attitudes toward health can help inspire more activity, a better diet, and a better physiological state. In all, positivity means a pursuit of healthier, happier living.

Take a Step to be More Positive

With this in mind, take a moment to take a step in the direction of positivity. Meditate on what gratitude, joyfulness, and serenity mean for you in your life, and ask yourself what brings you closer to these things. As you align yourself with positivity, you’ll find that your humbleness, pursuit of greatness and great things, and health are all brought a bit closer.