For all of the arguments in support of media headlines that are filled with trash and sorrow, for people keeping up with it because they need to stay “in touch with reality”, there is a stronger case in favor of surrounding ourselves with Positivity!
First off…look around.
Our current approach might not be working.
Bad news sells!
It’s true, people naturally gravitate toward negative stories; I’m not even going to pretend to understand why that is. But in addition to the murders and the car accidents and the bad politics, we are inundated everyday with messages like “Statistics show that heart disease is the number one killer…” and “breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States”. I often wonder what kind of future are we creating for ourselves when we constantly remind each other that we are dying, failing society, causing harm.
Until people learn to be more positive in their approach to the fight of the day, I want to be able to deflect the negative vibes. I want daily proof that people are generally good, and safe, that there is hope – that we can overcome! Isn’t a struggle much, much easier to bear with a glimpse of a better future in sight? All the best people who have ever lived have been able to assure the strugglers: We can do this!
Shouldn’t we find ways to give ourselves the gift of hope?
If a vision board works to conjure the things we want in life, I propose their use for anyone, even non-believers, to ward off the evils of everyday negativity. A serene photo on your desktop will wash away some of the anxieties picked up over your day, words of wisdom posted over your bathroom mirror will equip you for events that may not come furnished with the support you’ll need to persevere.
Positive thinkers are not creating false hope: Just because you expect things to be good, doesn’t mean you live in a fantasy land.
People will tell you they are not being pessimistic, they are being realistic, and that you should join them in the real world. But, contrary to popular belief, positive thinking does not involve looking away from something horrible and pretending it doesn’t exist!
In order to move through hard times we need to look past the bad stuff, to invoke a world that lies beyond. People are starving, but there are ways to feed them. In politics and big business there is corruption, but society can create change.
Successful people look past “reality” into a place where they can see other possibilities.
Will Smith, who happens to be rather successful, once pronounced:
Surround yourself with positive pictures and words. Choose to look toward a better future.