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It’s tough to be upbeat and peppy on a regular basis at work. You’ve got a pile of work you need to get to so high, you think you can almost climb it like Jack did the beanstalk and reach the stars. You may dislike your coworkers or your boss has unreasonable expectations of you or you just feel like everything is terrible because you’re so stressed. How can you be positive when everything seems like it’s being thrown at you? As tough as it is sometimes, attempting to see the positive in tough or stressful situations can not only help you get through them, it can also help your career. Check out some of the reasons staying positive can help you get ahead!

If you’re positive, people will take your “negative” concerns more seriously.
No one wants to talk to the coworker who’s constantly a Debbie Downer (or Negative Nancy, if you prefer that term!). Who wants to engage or work with someone who never has anything good to say? Whether or not your complaints and negative comments are legitimate concerns, what you say and do will make no impact. Like the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” you’ll have been negative so many times that when your concerns are rooted in legitimate concern, people will just assume you’re being your usual negative self and completely ignore what you say. When you try to stay as positive as possible, or at least don’t let unnecessary negativity out into the world, when you do have a concern that needs to be addressed or a complaint that needs to be taken care, people will take you more seriously and attempt to solve the issue.

Being positive can inspire others.
No one ever says that the negativity of a coworker inspired them to do better. Being positive whenever possible can inspire those around you at work to do the same! A positive atmosphere can help everyone in your office be more productive.

You’ll receive more attention and recognition from managers.
If you think about it, the coworker who always has something negative to say and can’t ever seem to have anything good to say about the company is generally someone you ignore. After awhile, people just don’t want to deal with someone who is, basically, an Eeyore. Maintain a positive attitude and supervisors and management may rely on you more to complete tasks, giving you an opportunity to show them that you’re ready for the next step in your career.

People will trust you.
At least a little bit more than they might trust a person who is always talking about how the company is taking advantage of him and his talent. That sounds not just negative, but arrogant and surly. Realistically, if a person is that unhappy with their company, they aren’t a good fit. Remaining positive in the face of a tough task can not only make the work go faster, it also shows the rest of your office that you’re a person who can be trusted. You don’t needlessly complain or tear down anyone else to make yourself feel better.

Being positive gives you more free time.
This may not be true for everyone, but often, if you're more positive than negative about the situations you find yourself in, you’re worrying and stressing less, leaving you with ample free time to accomplish your goals. Having time to work on yourself, learn new things, and add more talent to your skillset will make you feel better about yourself, but also can help you get the promotion you’ve been after.

Having a positive attitude really can make a huge impact on your career path and influence others to follow your lead. If you’re having trouble changing your mindset, sometimes “faking it til you make it” can be helpful. Eventually, pretending to be positive can make it into a habit and change your thought process. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider taking Penn Foster’s Career Readiness Bootcamp to refresh your communication skills. Learning to be a positive influence can positively impact your career.