Thinking Positive, Logically... as an Optimist

What you think controls how you feel and act. If you think the "glass is half empty," you are sure to feel discouraged and immobilized. Rational and practical thoughts lead to good feelings and positive action. Consequently,

  • Avoid thoughts like, "Getting laid off is just terrible," or "If I don't succeed at work, I'm a failure." Instead,
  • You want to think realistic thoughts like,

    "I can affect what happens in my working and personal life,"

    "I am worthy as a person, regardless of my achievements at work,"

    "Finding another job is a challenge," or

    "Problems and disappointments are a part of life."

    Constructive thoughts can free you of negative moods and empower you to take charge of your life.

    This way of thinking is more than a philosophy. It is a therapeutic approach known as "cognitive therapy." Hundreds of studies have shown its effectiveness. And, you will want to use it in your everyday life.

  • Most people find it easy to understand and apply to daily living. In fact, it is taught to normal children (read "The Optimistic Child" by Martin E. P. Seligman).
  • Know your "motivated skills," those that you enjoy using. Look for ways to strengthen them.
  • Studies have found that optimism is associated with many positive health benefits, such as shielding people from heart attack and strokes.
  • An inexpensive paperback book you can buy at your local bookstore is "Feeling Good" by David Burns. It is highly recommended.

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