Do you have good intentions? How do you look at the world? Are you a cynical pessimist, a cheerful optimist, or something in between? Did you know that your answers to these questions may determine if you believe you have a fulfilling life?
The reality is that being a more positive person with good motivations and genuine goals can allow for a better and happier living experience. Here are 13 ways positive intentions help you lead a fulfilling life.
1. You Are More Persistent
When you have positive intentions, you are confident in your desires. This allows you to be more persistent because you trust where you’re coming from and know your intent is genuine. You can face any number of problems and keep going because you trust in your desires.
The persistence that comes with positive intention is typically learned and is a result of increased optimism. The more positive thinking you employ in your everyday life, the more likely you will face any challenges head-on and feel you live a more fulfilling life.
You know what your positive intentions are. And you know the real motivation of your actions. This provides you with a sure-footedness that allows you to feel more confident in yourself. You believe in yourself because your intentions let you:
- Focus on where you want to be, not what you lack
- Avoid the stress that comes with second-guessing yourself
- Work on yourself in earnest and improve over time
- See reality for what it is instead of drenching it in gray
- Trust yourself, your abilities, your thoughts, and your motivations
3. You Have A Better Attitude
When your intentions are right, it shows on your face and shines from your heart. More important, it manifests in your behavior. Your attitude becomes kinder and more pleasant. You see the good in the world around you because you come from a place of good intentions yourself. You:
- Perceive the world in a more positive light
- Attract good things because of the good you bring to the world
- Enjoy a happier life that focuses on the better things
- They are much more optimistic in general
- Appreciate the little things that others may overlook
4. Your Health Is Improved in a Fulfulling Life
Did you know those positive intentions can make your health better? Once again, this comes down to the fact that those with this outlook on life and on themselves tend to be less pessimistic, and studies say that’s related to all kinds of health benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Higher immunity and a more robust immune system
- Greater chance of survival from cancer
5. You’re Less Afraid Of Failure
Failure is a normal part of life, but it’s something that many fear to some degree. The idea of all your efforts and invested resources resulting in anything that isn’t successful is a scary thought. But when you have positive intentions, you’re not as frightened of that prospect. Sure, it’s still something problematic, but you’re braver for it. This is because:
- You believe in your abilities and your desire, so you want to try even though there are risks
- You understand that you must be willing to try to get anywhere in life, even if the result is failure
- You’re willing to and even eager to learn from mistakes so you can grow and improve as a person
- You are wise about handling risks and balancing pros and cons because you aren’t drowning in negativity
6. Your Mental Health Improves
It’s easy to see the connection between intentions and psychological state. Thinking well of yourself and the world and going through life with good motivation is a surefire way to ensure better mental health. If you don’t currently have those intentions, learning to adopt them will work wonders for your well-being!
The act of retraining your brain to have different intentions is a form of cognitive therapy. It’s such a useful skill that a paradigm shift to positive connotation can be as effective (or even more so) for treating clinical depression as common antidepressant medications. It is believed that these results are genuinely long-lasting, too!
7. You Have More Achievements
It can be tough to see how the simple act of coming forward with good intentions may earn you more achievements, but all you need to do is put together the facts we’ve learned about the magic of positive choices so far. All of them combined to allow for a higher chance of achieving what you set out to do. For example:
- Your persistence lets you endure difficulties, enabling you to reach goals even when the path is rocky
- A belief in yourself allows you to feel confident in taking on challenges
- Your lack of fear of failure helps you to embrace the unknown and the uncertain, thus keeping you happier during rough waters
- You generally have a better mood, which allows you to attract positive results and handle stressful situations with improved emotional regulation
- You are more grateful for failure, as it will enable you to learn new lessons more quickly, and you actively seek new things to learn
Having positive intentions means you attract positive people. Think about all the people you enjoy spending time with. They’re probably not grumpy complainers who frequently behave like they hate everything! People gravitate towards positive individuals. This allows for:
- Stronger relationships and bonds
- A close social circle that you can trust and rely on
- Many new and unique perspectives to learn from
- A positive environment that is contagious
- Higher satisfaction with interpersonal relationships
However, there is a minor downside you need to be aware of. Negative people may also gravitate towards you to feed off your good intentions or even take advantage of you. Remember, having good intentions doesn’t mean being naive, and it’s okay to set social boundaries while maintaining your genuine intent.
9. You’re Less Stressed Out
Having good intentions can reduce stress levels, both from everyday tasks and from tough rare challenges. Once again, to see the connection, we must turn our minds back to the other benefits of positive intentions. For example:
- You believe in yourself and have higher self-esteem, so you have more faith in the coming of good things and brighter days ahead
- You view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grown and don’t become hung up on the stress of them
- You’re more comfortable with risk-taking and are therefore less susceptible to stress that may come from uncomfortable situations
- You are better at managing stress as you know how to maintain a positive environment and are good at regulating emotions
- You have a healthy response to stress thanks to optimism
10. You May Live Longer if You Live a Fulfilling Life
It is believed that those with positive thinking may enjoy a longer life, according to the research of all kinds. This may be due to many different factors, from the physical benefits of good intentions to the possibility that those with good intentions are less likely to fall into unhealthy habits.
Overall, while more research is necessary into this general concept, it’s generally accepted that optimism and other forms of happy ways of looking at the world lend themselves to a longer and healthier life.
11. You Are More Resilient
Resilience refers to the ability to deal with problems, pain, difficulties, and even trauma. It’s a simple fact that even those with the best intentions will go through trials and tribulations. Some will even be entirely outside of their control.
But if you have good intentions, you are less likely to fall to pieces. Sure, you are human, and you will grieve and experience strong negative emotions, but you will also know that you are healthy. You will not wallow for too long and eventually find your ability to cope and stand powerfully through these difficulties.
Positive thinking is a crucial factor in resilience. Without it, you will not be able to find solutions, learn from the issues you’ve faced, seek help, or handle trauma in healthy ways. Instead of repressing what you feel, you will focus on what you can do to rise again and lead a fulfilling life.
12. You Enjoy The Little Things In Life
With the rush of daily activity, it’s easy to overlook the tiny details that decorate daily. Noticing the little things in life is something those with positive intentions do easily. They set out to find happiness and beauty in the world around them, so they notice more things. They are not obsessed with:
- Social media fame
- Physical possessions
- Symbols of wealth
- The latest fads and trends
- Gaining power
Instead, those with good intentions know that gratitude is the way to go. They take joy in their favorite foods and drinks, the beauty of nature and the colors they love, and even just the fact that they get to wake up every morning.
This doesn’t mean that someone with positive intentions only wants the bare necessities. Instead, it means that they don’t need a lot to feel fulfilled, as their true happiness is found in more everyday experiences that others may overlook.
13. You Are More Likely To Have Positive Habits
One of the best ways to live a fulfilling life is by maintaining positive intentions, as these intentions allow you to have good habits. Your goals are all about doing well, and you know that you must take care of yourself first to do that. Someone with good intentions will:
- Eat more healthily
- Sleep a sufficient amount
- Make wiser decisions with partnerships and intimacy
- Avoid vices and substance abuse
- Exercise more
- Be more in tune with their body’s needs
- Rest as much as they need to
- Not overwork themselves
Studies have shown that the healthy patterns of those with good intentions often translate to the opposite of a “deadly cycle” – a virtuous cycle, if you will! The healthy behaviors they perform lend themselves to feelings of fulfillment, which increase their good intentions, making them more eager to serve healthy habits again!
If you want to lead a fulfilling life, you must start from within. The way you see the world and yourself plays a significant role in how much happiness you find along the way. So start finding ways to shift your perspective towards the good, and you’ll find that fulfillment comes to see you.