You have probably had someone tell you to “look on the bright side” or to “see the cup as half full.” Chances are good that the people who make these comments are positive thinkers. Researchers are finding more and more evidence pointing to the many benefits of optimism and positive thinking.
By Daisy Luther
The state of the world is dire. Our economy is collapsing, the government urinates all over the Constitution, and the United Nations is using Agenda 21 to advance their goal of taking over every natural resource on the planet, including personal property.
Given the situation, the outlook is grim.
But still, I sit down with my family every day and do something fun. Sometimes we watch a program we enjoy on Netflix. Sometimes we play boardgames. (I smoke my kids at Scrabble booyah!) Sometimes we read aloud. We hike, we go to museums, we go out to dinner and try new things.
Does this mean that I need to give up my prepper card? Does it mean that my commitment to preparedness is any less diligent than those who grimly ignore all things related to popular culture?
I believe that there are different routes to the same destination.
The route I choose …
When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively than pessimists. In one study, researchers found that when optimistsencounter a disappointment they are more likely to focus on things they can do to resolve the situation. Rather than dwelling on their frustrations or things that they cannot change, they will devise a plan of action and ask others for assistance and advice. Pessimists, on the other hand, simply assume that the situation is out of their control and there is nothing they can do to change it.
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