People who write lifestyle articles don’t always put much emphasis upon the need to be positive. But having a positive outlook is, in fact, the most important thing when it comes to your life because it’s the attitude around which all else forms. Have you ever noticed that when you start off your day with a cranky and negative attitude, everything seems to go horribly wrong, and nothing goes your way?
Positivity attracts positivity. We’ve all seen how open-hearted and charitable people always seem happier than those who obsess about money. Those who like to help others always appear to be particularly happy themselves, regardless of their own financial situations. Having a positive attitude towards the world, they know that investing goodwill in others has its own rewards. Spending a little time or money on those less fortunate may be one of the best ways to spread a positive attitude; Happiness is infectious and, as Mark Twain said:
“The best way to cheer yourself up, is to try and cheer someone else up.”
There’s no doubt that having a positive attitude and a cheerful disposition can change lives on an emotional level, but it also seems to be the case that positive thinking can impact our financial as well as our physical well-being, our relationships with others, our success in competitive situations. and our general ability to focus on the most important aspects of our lives and filter out the irrelevant.
People with positive attitudes appear to live carefree, stress-free and happy lives most of the time. What is it about them that makes them that way? The fact is that always looking on “the bright side of life” has numerous advantages, including the increased ability to see solutions to life’s problems as they arise and to face challenges with optimism rather than fearing defeat. The link between positive thinking and good health has been given extra credence, with academic studies, carried out over the past thirty years, suggesting that a positive psychological outlook can have a real effect on disease prevention (such as a lowering of heart attack risk) and recovery from existing ailments.
For those of us not born with an optimistic streak, there’s an endless amount of literature, produced by a whole host of positive thinking ‘Gurus’, to help us along the way. The book, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, is as popular today as it was when first published, in 1952, which suggests that there are plenty of people willing to buy into the idea that positive thinking is a learnable skill. Other classic books, such as ‘Think and Grow Rich’, by Napoleon Hill, promise us that a positive attitude combined with some common sense can have a miraculous effect on our wallets as well as our general well-being.
Life-Coaching, Self-Improvement courses, books, movies, podcasts and seminars all invite us to join the ranks of positive thinkers and change our lives for the better. The booming Self-Improvement industry is testament to the fact that the concept of positive thinking is easy to sell, if somewhat more difficult to learn!
Source by Nola G.