Friday, February 27, 2009

The positive power

Have you ever wondered what is exactly the benefit of always being positive? There are many times I think about the question but the answer I've got only a simple one. What I have in mind is that when you always have a positive thinking in your mind, you'll end up to get the benefits of the good thought coming back to you. In other word, it could be some kind of a good karma, in which what goes around will eventually comes around. Therefore, if I say something positive about someone, eventually somebody else will say a positive thing about me. That's what often happen in my life. Barbara Fredrickson (a social psychologist who conducts research in emotions&positive psychology) states that "positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems." Therefore, I believe that positive thoughts and emotions can surely counter the negative effects of stress. You will not have those negative thoughts running on your mind about things. And what's more important is that being positive is the key factor of happiness.

As Blessed As You Want to Be - The Power Of Staying Positive

Our thoughts are not simply ethereal pieces of information that enter our minds and then disappear. The words and ideas that we think can shape our lives and drive us toward success and happiness or failure and distress. How you think and feel can have a profound effect on your ability to recognize opportunity, how well you perform, and the outcome of the goals that you’ve set for yourself. When you maintain an optimistic outlook and make an effort to harbor only positive thoughts, you begin to create the circumstances conducive to you achieving what you desire. You feel in control and few of life’s challenges seem truly overwhelming because it is in your nature to expect a positive conclusion. An optimistic mind is also an honest one. Staying positive does not mean that you ignore difficulties or disregard limitations. Instead, it means spending time focusing only on the thoughts that are conducive to your well-being and progress.

Positive thinking dramatically increases your chances of success in any endeavor. When you’re sure that you are worthy and that achievement is within your grasp, you start to relax and look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. You are more likely to imagine positive situations or outcomes and disregard the thoughts related to giving up, failure, or roadblocks. What the mind expects, it finds. If you anticipate joy, good health, happiness, and accomplishment, then you will experience each one. Thinking positively may sound like a simple shift in attention – and it is – but it is a mind-set that must be developed. Whenever a negative thought enters your mind, try immediately replacing it with a constructive or optimistic one. With persistence, you can condition your mind to judge fleeting, self-defeating thoughts as inconsequential and dismiss them.
It is within your power to become as happy, content, or successful as you make up your mind to be. Staying positive may not have an immediate effect on your situation, but it will likely have a profound and instantaneous effect on your mood and the quality of your experiences. In order for positive thinking to change your life, it must become your predominant mind-set. Once you are committed to embracing positive thinking, you’ll start believing that everything that you want is within your grasp
(source from here and images via flickr)

There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. -Gandhi

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