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Do your thoughts stink?

November 30, 2011

Here’s a great idea …

In her book, Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson says, “The flow of your emotions follows how you interpret your current circumstances. Dire interpretations create dire emotions. Charitable and optimistic interpretations breed positivity.” (pp. 154-155)

In other words …

Research is clear: Stinking thinking makes for gloomy moods. If, instead, we choose to see the good in our lives then our feelings will be much more positive. The more we practice finding the good, the more natural and automatic this will become.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

Tune in to the good things that happen to you today. Even when something happens that you don’t consider good, look for a way that something good might come of it.

To Find Out More …

about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Fredrickson’s book, Positivity.

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