Positive Thinking = Make Belief ???

Nice article on optimism and staying positive…Something I need to work on.

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I often get the feeling that many people still underestimate the value of positive thinking and optimism. Some even think it’s similar to brainwashing: even if you managed to convince yourself that everything is and will be great, it wouldn’t get you anywhere, it’s all just pretend. How sad… Fortunately, psychologists have gathered lots and lots of data to show that a positive mindset makes a huge difference and leads to measurably more achievements and other good stuff. Here’s why:

Two common criticisms of optimism:

“Being optimistic is not going to change anything, you can’t just pretend everything will work out, you’d be lying to yourself.”

“I’d rather expect things to go badly to save myself from disappointment.”

Neither of the above sentiments are helpful. Psychological research has shown time and time again…

  1. Positive thinking does lead to more success/ good outcomes 
  2. Negative thinking makes good outcomes less likely

Enter:

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17 thoughts on “Positive Thinking = Make Belief ???

  1. Very nice! I loved this!

    I also have stuff on motivation, things like this. Please consider visiting my blog where you could check out: “The Tragedy of Life”, and “Take Risks, Aim High!”. And you may want to read my poems and flash fiction too.

    Warm regards from Down Under,

    Subhan Zein

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  2. Jenny, I have so many unopened e-mails due to having had strep throat and brochitis these past few days (there is nothing like the germs you pick up in the children’s section of B & N. ha. ha. ) Anyhow I randomly opened one of your great posts and this is the first one I opened. Could it be serendipity ; ) because I was just contemplating the “big plans one” It’s so easy to say someone is already writing the next big book, already making cupcakes, etc but that kind of thinking really does hold you back. I find that when you just something you completely love and do it to the highest of your abilities and are not comparing yourself to others that that is when things start to flow. Thanks for posting this. I’ll take this as a positive sign to go forth with my big plans by taking small steps. And I’m going to put it on pinterest.
    Cheers from snowy Albany.

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  3. Reblogged this on Sandys Hopeful Room and commented:
    We all have moments of negativity. No one is immune, however this article on Positive Thinking is a real boon to those of us who sometimes have troube living in the positive place where I believe God wants us to live. The old adage, “you are what you think” is very true. Read and enjoy.

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