Positive Attitude Pushes People to Prevail
Being positive isn’t a joke: it is a way of life
It’s about six in the morning and the morning routine begins: walking the dog, getting lunches ready, getting the wife’s car available (if it snows, removes snow, that sort of thing), and make sure the kids get out of bed. One of the things that I teel the family as they leave the door is to try to be kind to the other inmates (a.k.a other students, co-workers, etc.). No matter what life throws at you, you have to keep a positive attitude. Life happens, and you have to roll with the punches no matter what happens next. We’re taught that at an early age that, even though today might be cloudy, that the future will have sun. I always thought that was a universal trait. As a parent and experience the trials and tribulations with your child, you reassure them that things are going to get better, that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but is this something that all parents tell their kids or is it something culturally encapsulated within our DNA? That’s what we’re talking about in this weeks blog entry.
In the Land of Positivity
Courtney Johnson from the Pew Internet Research Center has an interesting article about this: “The U.S. stands out for its positivity among Western countries, with 44% saying their day was particularly good. American conservatives (48%) and moderates (47%) were significantly more likely than liberals (34%) to describe their day as good.The share of upbeat people was notably higher in several countries surveyed. Half or more responded that their day was good in Nigeria (73%), Colombia (61%), Ghana (60%), Brazil (56%), the Philippines (53%) and Peru (50%).
Although most people worldwide described their day as typical (median of 62%) and relatively few described it as particularly good (median of 30%), people in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America were more likely to view their day positively. Roughly half of Africans (median of 49%) and Latin Americans (48%) surveyed said their day was particularly good. Other regions — especially Europe (73%) — overwhelmingly described their day as typical; only 22% of Europeans said their day was good.” (Link: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/02/particularly-good-days-are-common-in-africa-latin-america-and-the-u-s/)
Power of Thinking Positive
The power of thinking positive has been around for a long time. But, we’re not talking about those folks who, much like Michael Keaton in “The Founder” plays a decisive self-help record when he wakes up in the morning to sell mix-master milkshake makers. What we are talking about is letting our kids know that some days are going to be better than others, not every day is going to be wrong, and tomorrow things will start getting better.
In the Atlantic Magazine, they published an article about “How the Power of Positive Thinking Won Scientific Credibility”. In the article, it explains: “We also know why optimists do better than pessimists. The answer lies in the differences between the coping strategies they use. Optimists are not simply being Pollyannas; they’re problem solvers who try to improve the situation. And if it can’t be altered, they’re also more likely than pessimists to accept that reality and move on. Physically, they’re more likely to engage in behaviors that help protect against disease and promote recovery from illness. They’re less likely to smoke, drink, and have poor diets, and more likely to exercise, sleep well, and adhere to rehab programs. Pessimists, on the other hand, tend to deny, avoid, and distort the problems they confront and dwell on their negative feelings. It’s easy to see now why pessimists don’t do so well compared to optimists.” (Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/how-the-power-of-positive-thinking-won-scientific-credibility/256223/)
Having your kids be positive thinkers helps them to be excellent problem solvers, and they will have the ability to handle anything that is thrown at them. As the Guardian article: “Self help: forget positive thinking, try positive action” points out: “Decades of research has shown that his theory [As If principle] applies to almost every aspect of everyday life, and can be used to help people feel happier, avoid anxiety and worry, fall in love and live happily ever after, stay slim, increase their willpower and confidence, and even slow the effects of ageing.” (Link: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/jun/30/self-help-positive-thinking)
As parents, our number one job is to prepare our kids for the “real world.” A world where some days are good and others are … not so good. Positive thinking keeps their hopes and dreams alive while (as we have learned) positive action ignites those goals, and making them come true. Being positive isn’t a joke: it is a way of life. We learn it from a young age, it’s encoded into our DNA, and pass it to the next generation. Not every day is a great day, but when your kids realize that things will turn around if a bad day occurs, and prepares them for life.
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Originally published at nickstockton.blogspot.com.