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Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life!


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  • Happiness is a choice! Great article!
    I really like the next to the last line! Great article!
  • I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming. ~Rodney Dangerfield
  • What worked for me during stressful times is working my body to stay positive. Sometimes very hard to be optimistic, emotions making it difficult to think rationally. By being physically dormant increased negative feelings, so I gave my body a chance to try and relieve the stress.
    Prior to radiation treatments to treat prostate cancer I rode a trikke in the parking lot of the cancer center which always calmed me. I still use aerobics, anaerobic to fight stress, it still works, the more I exercise, the more I have a feeling of well being. Pills cannot take the place of endorphins especially when I'm at speed on a Me-Mover, much better than sitting, contemplating worries that increase the more you think about them.
    Everyone has their own methods of staying positive when I'm in need of an emotional boost, I let exercise overcome my mind trying to bluff my body, always works for me.
  • I needed this article today!
  • Good things to think about.
  • I agree with all but the last point. If something I've worked on fails, I don't think that I should immediately look for outside forces to blame. That's a missed opportunity to learn from mistakes. Certainly, if something outside my control had an influence, it's important for me to recognize that. But it's also important to evaluate if I might have done something differently in the circumstance that could have changed the outcome so that if the situation arises again, I will succeed. I think I'm generally an optimist, but self-reflection in the face of failure provides really important life lessons. That's not self-blame, it's faith in myself to recognize short-comings and make adjustments.
    Sounds good to me!
    I need to give myself more pep talks instead of relying on others.
  • Some people weem to be born with the ability, or predisposition, to be optimistic. I believe it has to do with how the brain is wired and how emotions are processed in the brain. Unfortunately I was not one of those people. My wiring led me to live a life on antidepressants just to be able to function. How I wish positive thinking came naturally to me. I can feel it occasionally, but it's a lot of hard work for me to feel it. I study positive psychology, even though I have come to realize that for some it's not simply a decision to think positively. It's an iron man marathon.
  • Thanks for a good article.

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