I'm interested to know how you feel about positive thinking. I know some people think it works for a happier and healthier life while other people don't. I am a fan of positive thinking, but I want to know how my fellow hubbers feel about it.
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I agree Christin. We are in control of our own happiness and when we choose to focus on the negative side of life how can we expect to experience positive things? That has been my personal experience as well. :)
Passionate! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
You're so right. Someone with legitimate negative stuff is left feeling isolated, even judged for not remaining persistently happy - or at least silent and "not toxic to anyone else". Maybe even blamed for not being happy.
LisaHW, Thank you for commenting. I was ready to give up on writing my article which actually is supposed to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but didn't seem to resonate even with my husband. But since one person, you, sees a point here, I'll forge ahead.
It does not sound crazy to me, at all. The power of prayer is amazing. I think that prayer helps us to focus on the positive because in a way we 'let go and let god' with our problems and then start to focus on solutions.
Exactly my point! Positive thinking isn't a magical bullet. Then again, negative thinking doesn't bring confer any advantage to our life. Positive thinking isn't miraculous, but it helps to focus our minds on solutions rather than problems.
Thanks for a very insightful answer and gives a lot to think about. "Positive thinking is about managing the negative stuff - not "living in la la land" - Excellent way to say it.
I agree. "people who have never been in a situation bad enough...tend to believe positive thinking can fix everything" Personally, I'm perplexed by the popular propensity to be persistently positive :) It endangers empathy.
Thanks for answering lburmaster. :)
Great way to look at it! Instead of dreading future issues, be prepred to handle them.
I agree. I have removed some negative people from my life because they were consistently negative about everything. Having positive people around you in life is a blessing.
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I'm not mentioning people suffering from such mental conditions. I have all the respect for them. I'm talking about people free from mental illness, who share a negative view of life and of mankind.
Yes, I was also talking about people free from any mental issues; however, this is a very good point. Having a positive outlook (thoughts) may actually not be attainable in some situations.
There is a common belief that a optimist never experienced suffering in his life! Everyone experiences suffering at some point in their lives. This comes from someone who spent years feeling miserable on account of having hypochondria.
You are so right! I've experienced this. Being positive allows me to see the great opportunities around me and take action on them. Being negative causes me to stay stuck in my own little bubble and miss them.