Simple Ways to Spread Positivity

Hannah Carl, Reporter

“I hope you have a good day” is just one of the many ways you can spread positivity. Though it can be hard, especially in times like these, positivity can make a great difference in our world today.


The easiest way to show positivity is by smiling. It doesn’t only make someone else feel better, but also you. Researchers at the University of Kansas published that smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress and lower heart rate in tense situations.

Another study linked smiling to lower blood pressure.

Imagine you walking in public feeling sad and seeing someone smiling at you; wouldn’t you feel a little better? A smile can go a long way.

Studies from “Big Think” show that “mirror neurons fire when we observe an action performed by another person, mentally simulating that action for ourselves. Because of these mirror neurons, studies show that smiling is, in a sense, neurologically contagious — and so are the good feelings associated with them.”

Because neurons fire up when someone smiles at us, we smile back. So if you think about it, not only is smiling slowing your heart rate down, it also is slowing the other person’s heart, too (when they smile back.)

Help Others:

Taking time to help another in need doesn’t just make the world better, it also makes you a better person. Giving back to the community can boost your health, happiness, and sense of well-being.

In fact, researchers from the University of Texas, Austin say, “cooperating and helping others is just as contagious as any virus. When we see someone else do something nice for another person, it motivates us to act similarly. This is especially true when we see the benefit for others first hand.”


You may not know this, but compliments can also benefit the giver, too. If you’re in the habit of giving compliments, it can help you notice and appreciate what’s good and what we like in those around us.

Have you ever noticed when someone compliments you, you say a compliment back? It’s a habit, right? This is because it’s our way of returning the favor. Therefore, if you compliment someone, you will most likely get a compliment back, which can make you feel better and more confident, too.

There have been plenty of troubles that we’ve been going through lately: the election drama, COVID, social media, etc. But does that mean we forget about positivity? No! I believe that positivity can help our world for the better. So, will you help?