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Choosing the way we think

April 18, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman says, “Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.”

In other words…

Sometimes we can get stuck in a pessimistic way of thinking. We may blame ourselves for the bad things in our lives, or we may assume things will never get any better. The good news is we don’t have to keep thinking this way! We can choose to view things in a more optimistic light instead.

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

The next time you find yourself in a negative frame of mind take a few minutes to reflect. Remind yourself that many problems are only temporary. Make a list of resources you can use to help deal with the issue. Find something good that can come out of the situation.

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 can also read Learned Optimism.

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