By DENYSE HADDOCK
Stinkin thinkin. It can seep into our lives and take over if we let it. Stinkin thinkin is negative thinking, and it is responsible for much inaction and unnecessary worry in our daily lives.
Paralysis by analysis. A by-product of stinkin thinkin. When our minds go into negativity mode, things can seem overwhelming and not worth doing. These thoughts are self defeating, and before long, nothing gets done.
These clichés are noteworthy because all of us at some point fall prey to negative thoughts. Medical concerns aside, the average person does have the ability to change the direction of his or her thought patterns. It can be a conscience decision. In order to try to change your thought patterns you must decide to be purposeful and intentional in doing so. Various studies have concluded that it takes roughly thirty days to break a habit, or instill a new one. I came upon a quote by an unknown author that says “When you feel dog tired at night, maybe it’s because you growled all day long.” Try to tune in to yourself and become aware of your negativity so you can work on substituting some positive thinking instead.
There are many happiness gurus out there with words of wisdom, encouragement and advice on becoming positive. Some of my personal favorites include Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, Joyce Meyers. Affirmations are helpful to have and use when you catch yourself in the act of being negative.
I am also a firm believer that we are responsible for our own happiness in life. We should not shift the responsibility for our own true joy on to someone else. We can find peace and contentment thru positive thinking. Anthony J. D’Angelo reminds us in The College Blue Book, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
Positive thinking is a choice. The human experience is going to be wrought with pain and sorrow but Mary Englebrieght tells us “if you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t, change the way you think about it.” Pretty good advice.
Positive thinking also has a positive effect on our health. It’s been proven that positive people are happier and healthier than negative people. Norman Vincent Peale sums it up by saying,” There is a basic law that like attracts like. Negative thinking definitely attracts negative results. Conversely, if a person habitually thinks optimistically and hopefully, his positive thinking sets in motion creative forces-and success instead of eluding him flows toward him.”
I’m going with an attitude of gratitude myself.