Friday, May 8, 2015

Your Thinking: Your View of the World

Getting your self talk right can be one of the most important things you can do to improve your well being. Our thinking determines the course of the day, of the week or even of our lives! 

Every time I hear the term "positive thinking" I take a stroll down memory lane back to when I was studying Alfred Adler's theory of psychotherapy. He states that,

  1. How life is in reality is less important than how the person believes life to be. 
  2. It is not our childhood experiences that are crucial, it is our present interpretation of these events.

Our present interpretation of events. After this enlightening idea, I realized that this is why some people seem to be happy and fulfilled in spite of difficult childhoods. Or, why the extremely resilient person who survived a terrible calamity has evolved into a perfectly content individual. These people show that hanging on to negative appreciations of reality doesn't add value. What's best is finding views of the world that work for you.  

It is our appreciation of things, events and people that puts us either in a good mood or in a pitiful one. To some people this can come more naturally. Others, have to work harder at it. 

Either the case, it makes sense to invest your energy in deciding how you are going to view your experiences. Positive thinking seems to be the best option. Don't you think it pays enormous dividends?

P.S. Don't sweat the small stuff, 5 tips that help beat anxiety, and how to build resilience
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