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Are You a Positive Thinker?

Updated on September 5, 2010

You are the gift!

Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!
Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!

You might be one of us!

“Positive thinking is just another way to deny the realities of life,” said my friend Lucy one Sunday morning on the way to Starbucks. “They can’t accept that the world is full of pain and suffering. They’d go down in flames laughing!”

But Lucy has it wrong (except for the laughing part). Positive thinkers are not pie-in-the-sky optimists yet they are quite optimistic. Their feet are planted firmly on the ground while their imaginations play a major important role in their lives. They know without doubt that creativity is at least as important as practicality and the cold hard facts. And they display certain characteristics. See how many of them apply to you. You just might be one of us!

  • Positive thinkers tend to take excellent care of themselves physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • They assume responsibility for their actions and get over disappointments rapidly.
  • They are trustworthy and deeply honor their personal, business, and professional relationships.
  • They know they have high potential and live into it continually.
  • They have learned how to communicate well in all areas of their lives.
  • They know that real love is compassion in action; they are empathetic more than sympathetic.
  • They enjoy life, laugh a lot, and have fun. When necessary, they work hard and enjoy the benefits.
  • And they are life-long learners. The vast majority of successful people would call themselves positive thinkers.

A lot more can be said of positive thinkers but the above short list covers the major basics. You don't have to live up to anything on the list. (You might even think they're pie-in-the-sky!) Simply consider them. What might be your personal benefit for working some of the practices into your own daily walk? (#1: You’ll smile more.) If you don't like these characteristics, you can always go back to the way you are now.

Positive thinking is more than a list. It is a way of life, a commitment--a habit that is joyfully cultivated continuously. It begins again, every morning when you look into the mirror. Gradually, more and more, you're happy with what you see. Then, you take that joy into the world where it is needed--now, more than ever.

And it is, more than anything, a choice.

“First we make our habits; then our habits make us.” Charles C. Noble

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    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Mostly borrowed words, of course, by I do my best to send them on as well as possible.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      These are wise words I greatly appreciate. Thank you.

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      That's always the challenge: Knowing and not doing. According to the Buddhist tradition, to know and not do is to still not know.

      Just a point to ponder.... Self-esteem includes everything we do to our bodies. No one is perfect in that regard but the more steps we take to clean up our act, so to speak, the more satisfied we feel. I, too, used to smoke, drink, do drugs, whore around, eat lots of fatty meats and tons of sugar.

      I simply made the choice to change all of that and did. Do I feel 100% satisfied with myself? Hardly. Self esteem is a misnomer. The term here should be continual self improvement. There's always room for that. There is a saying that goes something like 'if you think you're finished improving, you're finished.'

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Ya, see that's why this is somewhat confusing. I have no issues with self-esteem at all and I for sure do not disregard acomplishments be they mine or of other people's. Yet, I smoke and I shouldn't, I don't exercise enough and I am probably wasting more time than I should here ... the fact that everyone knows what is right but does not always do it is a dilemma I have yet to solve.

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      You'll notice I say 'tend to' in the article. The reason is, as a New Thought minister and counselor, it has been my experience that the lower the lack of self-care, the lower the level of self-esteem, self-respect, and self-love. And the less one cares for oneself, the more likely he/she is to discount personal and professional accomplishments--and compliments from others. That's all. It is variable, of course, depending on the person.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am not sure why I disregard my own person sometimes ... when I figure this one out I shall let you know. Good question!

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Why so, Mr. Happy?

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I think I agree with all your points except the first one.

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Thanks, Rebecca. Come back again!

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      that is exactly what positive thinker are, rated up and awesome and stumbled upon for traffic blessings.

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