Monday, August 10, 2015


I have written about optimism and positive thinking before (see How About A Little More Positivity...1/1/11; When Life Gives You Lemons, 8/28/08; The Glass Is Not Empty, 3/11/08), so I'll try not to be repetitive.  However there are some subjects that need to be revisited from time to time.  If we don't take a few minutes to reflect on certain ideas, they can easily be lost.  In the case of positive thinking it seems there's a lot of things fighting against it DAILY!  Not only in our personal lives, but all around us.  And the media and internet often treats negativity and the sad events in the world like entertainment.  Serving it up to us 24/7/365.

You have got to make room for optimism, or you can't help but get depressed.  We need to find things to smile about, that make us feel good. things that make all of our hard work living from day-to-day, worth it.  I don't mean to live in denial.  Yes, there is bad stuff going on in the world.  Force yourself to acknowledge the good things in your life also.  Allow yourself to expect good outcomes, and you'll have more of them.  It's not magic (though it can feel magical).

When you are optimistic you are happier.  You tend to consider more choices as possible, and thereby have more successes.  And it's not that you're making things up to be positive about, there are actual things in the world, in your life, to be positive about.  So make room for it.