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Power of Positive Thinking

Thanks but No Thanks: Gratitude as Gimmick

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I believe gratitude is a good, even necessary practice. But maybe some expressions of gratitude have a shadow side. Maybe gratitude isn't good when it's a gimmick. Maybe, before we fully embrace that "gratitude-attitude," we need to lament.

A Negative Side to Positive Thinking?

Gina Hussar | Posted 10.30.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Gina Hussar

When you follow your soul's compass, stand up for your life, lead with love and choose happiness, your need for approval disappears. Judgment is replaced with compassion. Self-doubt is replaced with clarity. And positive thinking isn't a concept, it's a way of life.

Carolyn Gregoire

The Surprising Downside Of Looking On The Bright Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living

As a culture, we love to tout the power of positive thinking. We're told to look on the bright side, focus on the good, and reach for the stars. We lo...

It's Your Life, Take Control Now!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
David Kanegis

Congratulations, you're a college student! For the first time you have free will to spread your wings and lead the life you want... even though you're probably not sure all that entails or exactly what's headed your way.

You Are Not Defeated: There Is Still Hope

Tenille Livingston | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tenille Livingston

From the outside looking in many households have it all together, but yet many are living above their means. Families all across the country are strug...

Pushing the Positive, Nay-Saying the Negative

John O'Kane | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

Time appears to be running out on Obama's long-term plan for progressive change. So it's no surprise, according to polls, that many Americans are pretty jaded about "hope and change," his original brand from 2008.

My Personal Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer

William Stillman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
William Stillman

There's a trail through a wooded area near my house where I like to take long walks. It is here that I recite the Lord's Prayer. However, I've recently put emphasis on not just reciting but interpreting -- what is the true intention of each verse as it pertains to me.

This Year, I'm Deleting These 4 Words From My Vocabulary

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

Just like any self-improvement, there are small steps you can take to get on the right path. And the road to a more positive self-talk begins with going on a diet from these four words: should, have to, can't, and never.

Tara Marie Segundo, M.A.: 7 Simple Steps to Train Your Mind for Success

Red Room | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Red Room

By Tara Marie Segundo, M.A. Life is a mental game. Even physical endeavors, like getting lean and fit, begin in the mind. Every behavior is precede...

How Positive Thinking Can Make You An All-Around Better Person

James Clear | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Positive thinking isn't just a soft and fluffy feel-good term. Yes, it's great to simply "be happy," but those moments of happiness are also critical for opening your mind to explore and build the skills that become so valuable in other areas of your life.

Learning How To Age Gracefully From Aunt Stella

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Life, as it always has been for her, is what you make it. If you choose to let things get you down, they will. It's all about the attitude that you bring to the table and learning to live in life's positive cracks even when they are hard to find amid the darker disappointments.

Confession of an Optimist

Robert Levithan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Levithan

I believe in luck and love and good fortune. I am a professional optimist. I try to hide it, but most of the time, I'm my father's son and his glass was neither half-empty nor half-full -- it was overflowing.

What You Think Is What You Get: Seeing Our True Beauty

Sydney Craig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sydney Craig

Recently I had a day where I went from being unhappy with what I saw in the mirror to loving what I was seeing within hours. Obvi­ously I don't think that my body actually phys­i­cally changed in such a short time frame, but it sure felt like it.

We Are What We Think

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Whether self or externally generated, our thoughts set the stage for how we feel, perceive, act, and react. When a thought makes itself at home in our brains, it prompts the formation of neural pathways that prove highly resistant to change.

How Negativity Creates Fear

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

When things are uncertain and you don't know what's going to happen next, the brain attempts to make up an ending. The narrative is usually negative, and it's these negative thoughts that lead to catastrophic, worst-case scenarios and devastating thoughts.

The Breakup Advice You Should Ignore

Alison Patton | Posted 03.15.2013 | Divorce
Alison Patton

We've created a divorce culture equally obsessed with "positive thinking" and "neat solutions." Whether it's well-meaning friends and family or the divorce blogs, the conversation is the same: "Rah-rah" motivational stories and self-help tools for making yourself happy again.

Talking Expectations with Chris Berdik

Phil Simon | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

The human brain has always fascinated me. How person A interprets reality may very well not be the same as how person B does. Why is that the case? And what role do expectations play in the process?

Celebrate Success

Laura Huckabee-Jennings | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Laura Huckabee-Jennings

Examine what 2012 has meant for you, what have you achieved, and what allowed you to do that. Really knowing what you are great at, and how you use that to achieve success, helps you to become a more fearless leader.

How Your View Of Aging Can Affect Your Health

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty

Does seeing the glass half full mean you will be healthier later in life? A growing body of evidence suggests that positive thinking does correlate wi...

Mysterious Ways: Why I Had To Talk To This Woman

Guideposts | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

Talk to her, I thought. Talk to her. Normally, I don't strike up conversations with perfect strangers but there was something about the woman waiting for the elevator with me at the medical complex. I couldn't ignore the voice in my head any longer.

What Is On Your Mind?

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

It is amazing to think about how much we are affected by our thoughts. Our thoughts create the world in which we live. As the Proverbs writer has proclaimed, thoughts run our lives.

Positive Memories Sustain Us

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

As we enter the holiday season, focus on positive things that have happened recently, and enjoy the parties and family meals. You will carry those memories around with you for a long time.

Do You Need To Believe In God To Pray?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

My very thoughtful 20-something son asked me the other day, "Dad, how do you pray for somebody if you don't really believe in God?" I thought back to a phrase my dad used.

Fire up Those Neurons for Positive Thinking

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Taking in the good is a brain-science savvy and psychologically skillful way to improve how you feel, get things done, and treat others. Three simple steps on taking in the good.

A Jungian Analyst Takes Positive Psychology for a Test-Drive

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

I feel that positive psychology has a lot to offer. But I see it not as a final resting place for psychology or the individual, but rather as a wave in the ongoing dialectic between the dark and the light.