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Thinking your way to optimism

August 16, 2013

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman says,
“Optimistic people tend to interpret their troubles as transient, controllable, and specific to one situation. Pessimistic people, in contrast, believe that their troubles last forever and undermine everything they do, and are uncontrollable” (pp. 9-10).

In other words…
The way we think determines our orientation to life. An optimistic person sees life as good, in spite of setbacks.  For the optimist, hard times tend to fade away as the good times connect together in a stream of contentment; whereas a pessimistic person notices, and often dwells on that which is negative in life leading to a cycle of hopelessness.

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

Next time you try to make sense of one of your failures, make a conscious effort to see the problems as temporary. Think of things you learned from the setback. See how you can do better as a result of the experience.

To Find Out More…
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One Comment
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