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Choose the positive view

April 9, 2014

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin E.P. Seligman says
“A negative mood activates a battle-stations mode of thinking. A positive mood, in contrast, buoys people into a way of thinking that is creative, tolerant, constructive, generous, undefensive” (p. 39).

In other words…
The way we choose to think has real consequences. Sober thinking is sometimes useful for problem-solving. But when we engage in extended brooding, we create a dark world that makes us sad, unproductive, and uninteresting. If we want to be happy and productive, we should generally chase away the darkness and seek the light in our way of thinking.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
In almost every situation, we can choose to see the threat or the opportunity, the darkness or the light. The next time you’re tempted to feel swamped by a threat, look for the opportunity instead. Notice the rewards that come from choosing a positive mindset.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right orThe Personal Journey programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglifeor contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Authentic Happiness.

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