Negative and positive, the good and the bad, polar opposites that battle one another for control of our daily lives. The power of positive thought is an amazing thing. Some of you, I am sure, are asking why, some of you look at the optimist and shake your heads arguing that reality is what it is and oftentimes it is not all sunshine and rainbows. So why should we turn a blind eye to the negative?
Life, in large part, is about perspective. Our world is what we ourselves make it or allow it to be. We have the power to shape the reality around us. If you think things are bad, or that they are going to be bad, then they will be. If you walk into a job interview doubting you will get hired, chances are you won’t. If you think that girl you have a crush on is out of your league most likely you will never go out with her.
It goes beyond the psychological self-fulfilling prophecy; our state of mind has a physiological effect on our body chemistry. Happy, positive thinking releases endorphins that give us energy and strength, they shade our view of things in a good way. In addition what scientists have recently discovered is of even greater importance, it has recently been shown that positive or negative emotions create neural pathways in our brain, the same way that performing an action or leaning something does. What this means is that the more often you put yourself in a positive frame of mind the easier it is to feel that way, the same is true with negative thoughts or emotions. After all practice makes perfect. Having an optimistic or positive demeanor can also impact the people around you, ask yourself would you rather be around someone who’s happy all the time or someone who is constantly miserable?
Having an optimistic perspective is important for so many reasons. The best part about how you view your life is that you have total control over it. Your frame of mind can be leaned, practiced and strengthened. Do yourself and those around you a favor, walk through life with a smile not a scowl.