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Positive Thinking and Optimism

Articles on positive thinking, optimism, positive outlook, the power of thoughts, gratitude.

  • 3 Common Affirmation Myths
    Since affirmations first became popular a few decades ago, there has been a lot of confusion and disagreement about how they should be used. You've probably heard some of this advice from experts before: affirmations must always be stated in present tense; they must be repeated 100 times each day; they must be spoken aloud; they must never include negative words like won't or can't...
  • Panic Away: Does it Work?
    Panic Away is a natural set of techniques the creator, Joe Barry, claims can stop panic attacks and anxiety attacks without the use of medication. Mr. Barry developed a technique known as the "One Move Technique™", which he says is an advanced cognitive technique born from traditional psychology that everyone can apply regardless of how long the anxiety has been present.
  • Affirmations to Clear Limiting Beliefs
    The traditional purpose of affirmations is to create new, empowering beliefs that will override the old, limiting beliefs you may have formed during your life time. Are affirmations truly effective in healing limiting beliefs?
  • Add Power to Affirmations with One Simple Step
    Affirmations can be a powerful tool in your personal development program, but only if they are used correctly. If you're like most people, you've been taught one part of the equation: reciting the words.
  • How Butterflies Can Change Your Life
    Butterflies are among God's most beautiful and amazing creatures on earth. They metamorphose from eggs to larvae to pupae to the beautiful multi-colored creatures that we see fluttering about our flowers, gardens, and elsewhere.
  • Bluebird of Happiness on my Windowsill
    Years ago, when I rented my first apartment and moved out on my own, my mother bought me a bluebird of happiness glass figurine, which has held a place of honor in every home I've had since. Over the years, this little glass bird has become a sort of talisman for me.
  • Writing Your Own Powerful Affirmations
    A common question I see from people just beginning their personal development journey is, "How do I write effective affirmations?" Often they will go in search of existing affirmations that they can apply to their own situation, but they may or may not find something that works for them.
  • Supercharging Your Affirmations
    Today I'd like to share a simple three-step process that can greatly increase the power and effectiveness of any affirmations you use (whether you've written them yourself or use someone else's).
  • Passion as a Creative Force
    How passionate is your life? Do you feel passionate about your work, your relationships, or your hobbies? Or has your life become an exercise in boredom and obligation?
  • Positive Thinking is a Choice
    Because of the type of writing I do, you may think that I have a perfect life. You may imagine me wearing a flowing, romantic gown as I glide through my abundant private gardens, pausing to smell the roses occasionally, and reflecting on the deeper meaning of life.
  • Negative Thoughts: The Unwelcome Houseguests
    Imagine enjoying a peaceful day at home, when suddenly the door flies open and in comes a crowd of unruly people. They are loud, obnoxious, and condescending. They push past you as if you weren't there, heading to the kitchen for something to eat, piling onto your sofa in front of your television, barging upstairs to take a nap in your bed.
  • Consciously Choosing a Positive Attitude
    Do you consciously choose your attitude each day? If you're like most people, probably not. Most of us tend to let our circumstances choose our attitude for us.
  • Finding the Gift in Every Situation
    When life places obstacles in our path, when things seem like they're breaking down and we grow weary of the struggle, it's a good time to step back and look for the gift. What gift, you say?
  • Stretching Your Limits
    Our abilities in life are directly proportional to our beliefs. This is a lesson I've been learning first hand over the past week. So many of us don't realize that our own concept of limitations is what holds us back 99% of the time.
  • Releasing the Past to Move Forward
    Why is it so difficult for us to release the pain of yesterday and move forward with our lives? It's not as though we enjoy being stuck in painful memories. Rather, the longer we remain stuck in them, the more deeply they wound us.
  • Optimism Looking on the Bright Side of Life
    How's your attitude lately? I caught myself doing something surprising a few days ago: being a pessimist!
  • Positive Thinking: Overcoming Negative Thinking
    Would you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist? Are you always on edge, waiting for the next disaster to strike? Or do you look to the future with anticipation and joy? One of my biggest lessons in life has been understanding that "like attracts like."
  • Mind Over Matter - The Power of Thoughts
    One of the greatest challenges in life is understanding just how powerful our thoughts are. After spending most of my early life caught up in negative thought patterns, it occurred to me that I had created exactly what I had been thinking about all those years.
  • Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
    What does Gratitude really mean? Most of us are thankful for the blessings we have in our lives. We have families we love, jobs that help us provide the necessities of daily living, good health, friends to laugh and play with, freedom and Free Will to live our lives the way we want to.
  • Positive Thinking Things Are Good Because I Say They Are
    The subject of positive self talk regarding our goals and dreams reminds me of the childhood story, The Velveteen Rabbit. The boy loves the toy so much that a magic fairy comes and turns the toy bunny into a real rabbit.
  • Releasing the Illusion of Control
    It's amazing how easy it is to convince ourselves that we're in control of everything in our lives. When it comes right down to it, what we eventually learn is that we are in control of only two things: our own thoughts, and our own actions.
  • Honoring the Sacred in Every Day Life
    How many of us rush blindly through our days, fall into bed exhausted, and wake up the next morning to do it all over again? For many of us, our lives are composed of millions of meaningless moments, all strung together - perhaps with a sprinkling of sacred moments mixed in.
  • Power of Acceptance in Disappointment
    Inevitably in life we will have to face disappointment from time to time. Sometimes they may be little disappointments, and other times they may be great, big, heart wrenching disappointments.

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