Positive Thinking

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

To understand the effect of positive thinking, it’s helpful to think about negative thinking first. Most negative emotions, such as fear or anger, are designed to help with survival. They cause us to take swift and effective action to save ourselves from whatever is threatening us. This means that they also prevent us from being distracted by other things around us.

So far, so good, in survival terms. If there’s a bear standing in front of you, you don’t want to stop to pick flowers.

But negative thinking is not so great in more modern settings. If you’ve got a lot to do, and you’re worried that you won’t get it all done, the last thing you need is for your brain to shut down and focus only on how long your ‘To Do’ list has got.

Being negative can lead you to:

  • create negative feelings
  • lower your self esteem
  • project your weaknesses onto other people
  • make communication with others more difficult

Positive thinking means you accept that everyone is their own person and has their own role in life and you accept situations and deal with them or transform them with a positive attitude.

If your back, leg or arm aches and your mind is focused on the discomfort it brings then think of our wounded servicemen/women who suffered life changing injuries and how they use positive thinking to overcome their disabilities.

 

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20 Responses to Positive Thinking

  1. odd fellow says:

    Comment removed as it does not meet board standards.

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  2. Watchman says:

    I’ve published the comment above to validate what I wrote previously.
    I’ll allow for the fact the writer is dyslexic which is a recognised disability. What I won’t allow is the content. It adds nothing to the debate and misses the point I made about relevance.
    ‘mark’s’ comment will be removed by midnight tonight.

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  3. Devils advocate says:

    Just to help the positive thinking mind set .I recommend you remember actions speak louder than words and the person derided by the parish councillor in the comments about Anston day has worked tirelessly to secure funding for the event which is aimed at providing a free event on the recreation ground with entertainment for every one from babes to the eldery to enjoy and the numbers who supported the event last year had a fantastic day. I know that the group are not recieving anything free this time but are all working very hard and positively to produce another fantastic day.Perhaps the very negative thinking p.Councillor should attend and address his comments to those attending the event who are also very positive about it, Keep up the good work
    AFD . Devils advocate

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  4. carol says:

    Watchman where’s my post??
    You only swing one way

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    • Watchman says:

      It was blocked.
      When comments contain unsubstantiated accusations,personal attacks and/or have no relevance to the topic they go straight in the Trash bin.
      You are not the only person to do this.

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    • jerry says:

      Watchmen you state that you will not allow posts containing personal attacks, if you stand by this why do you allow this s thornton to publicly attack and make wild accusations about members of the public. That is the three he has mentioned in previous posts.

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    • Watchman says:

      Your comment has been edited for obvious reasons (If you do not understand why then I strongly suggest you step away from your computer)

      ‘wild accusations’? Two other APC members have contacted me today to mention the appalling behaviour of Mr.Pearson at last night’s meeting.
      You were not at the meeting and your comments are based on prejudice and personal opinions, not on facts.

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  5. S Thornton says:

    If you wish to see a ” Negative” attitude, could I direct readers of this blog to the utube films of Anston Parish Council ( tonight 6th July 16). The “negative attitude” shows two Members of the Public, Mr Kavanah and Mr Pearson, making threats against Parish Councillors. Mr Pearson was making aggressive comments against Councillors, whilst Mr Kavanah was threatening the Parish Council with legal action. That both these Persons have or do take money from the Parish Council for Contracts, is quite odd. Why do Councillors take the comments (and the Public humiliation) from these two, and still pay them for contract work ?.
    Stranger still is the way that Cllr Ireland (Jr) seems, to defend their actions. I say strange because Cllr Ireland sits on the Standards Committee, you would have thought he would disapprove of this type of behaviour and speak up, but he chooses not to.

    S Thornton

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  6. S Thornton says:

    Message for “Rodger”. You raise the issue of Bullying by a member of the Anston Festival Day Committee, and ask for an example. I would not write such serious accusations if they were not true. The person I refer to from the Festival Committee Is Mrs Thomas. If you scroll back through the films of previous Council Meetings, ( I forget which date at this point) You will see on the film, quite clearly, Mrs Thomas “rushing” across the gap between the tables and heading directly towards myself. On reaching the table directly in front of me she is seen to lift both her arms and slam her hands down hard on the table. She then began to shout verbal abuse at me ( I have the exact words, these will be produce at a future date if required) She then turned away from me and headed towards the Chairman. It was later relayed to me that she had “had a go at him as well”
    On a further issue of Bulling with regard to Mrs Thomas, A letter of resignation was recently received by the Parish Council. The Councillor named Mrs Thomas, specifically in relation to Bullying. During meetings, around the time that Mrs Thomas was asking for the Council to fund Anston Day, a few Cllrs were expressing a view that they thought her approach, to the way she was asking for money, was counter productive. Letters sent to the Council, by Mrs Thomas were critical of Councillors. As a side issue, when a vote was taken to approve free use of the Parish Hall etc, I abstained, Because I abstained, Mrs Thomas reported me to the Standards Committee ( which was thrown out). In my personal opinion, Mrs Thomas reported me to the Standards Committee because I did not vote the way she wanted me to do. This to me is a form of bullying.
    Again my personal opinion and my message to the Members of the Anston Festival Day, is this,
    Take Mrs Thomas off the Committee, and Councillors may be more favourable in there approach to funding ( of course I cannot speak for others).

    S Thornton

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  7. S Thornton says:

    Positive thinking !! I have watched the majority of the Parish Council Members over the last year, and I am firmly of the belief that they are working to improve the village. Yes the PC Members are not perfect but you have to remember, the job is a very steep learning curve, and will take at least two years to “bed in”. With the exception of one or two, on the whole, the Cllrs have been trying to rationalise the mistakes of the past Council, coming up with ideas to provide services better and cheaper, and saving huge sums of Taxpayers money in the process ( this year the budget came in a whopping £28,000 below the figure set by Labour). When making these decisions they have always been upbeat and look at the issues in a positive light. Sadly, the decisions they have had to make, have been dragged down ( unjustly) by the negative attitude of the two Parish Council Contractors, Mr Pearson and Mr Kavanah. The negative attitude has also been present from one certain member of the Anston Day Festival. Bullying Council Members into giving money will not work. Councillors join the Council to make change, changes which affects the families that they represent, and changes to increase the money in their pockets, that can only be a positive action.
    Negative attitudes usually come from people with self serving motives, The majority of the Councillors see the glass half full.

    S Thornton

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    • roger says:

      £28,000 under spend on the budget. According to the parish newsletter, this has gone into the reserves. I think it is appalling that the council is taking our money and not doing anything with £28,000 of it. Are you just going to look at our money. £28,000 could positively enhance areas of our village. Don’t just save our money, spend it to benefit us.
      I find the accusation of bullying by a member of the Anston Festival Day Committee quite disturbing. If this has happened give an example of how and when this bullying occurred. Wild accusations do not gain any credibility.
      APC do many positive things. Hanging baskets, bonfire night, look after Anston Stones Wood, provide three public parks. The list goes on. Well done APC on the majority of things, but spend all the budget before RMBC realise we have money to spare and give us more responsibilities with the same budget.

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    • Watchman says:

      It is my understanding the £28,000 is not sitting idly in reserves.
      There are a few projects which are under discussion by councillors and most of the money will be used to benefit everyone.
      Don’t be so hasty to jump to (wrong) conclusions

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  8. odd fellow says:

    Dear miss sales it is unfortunate you see apc as a negative although your thoughts are understandable if ther was a positive attitude to business then in turn people may support cllrs in ther efforts we all like to see good things happen in our community anston day comes to mind a group of people had positive plans then actually achieved ther goal they are lessons to be learned here

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    • eric says:

      It is worth mentioning that Anston Festival Day is not connected in any way to APC. This year is possible only through the efforts of the committee. APC has not supported this fantastic community event in any way.

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    • Watchman says:

      ” APC has not supported this fantastic community event in any way”.
      Are you for real?
      APC provide free hall hire,free electricity and use of the toilet facilities as well as paying for the unlocking and locking of the hall.
      No other group gets this much subsidy.

      Now you’ve said your bit what have you got to offer to support the thread?

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    • Watchman says:

      eric noble and miss f sales:

      Your posts have been deleted because this is not a debate or discussion about Anston Day.
      You obviously struggled to read and understand the title of the thread.

      Positive Thinking. Google is your friend.

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  9. David Cawkwell. says:

    This is a timely reminder IMV to remember what is great about our country and what we can do to make it better.
    If everyone thinks positively about how much we can contribute to our country and economy we will achieve whatever we want.
    Shop locally to save time and money and help local shops survive.
    Put potted plants or shrubs in your front porch or near your front door. When your home looks spruced up it helps you and your neighbourhood to look better.
    Help an elderly or infirm neighbour in anyway you can.
    Help your child(ren) to become good citizens, lead by example.
    Take politicians speeches with a dose of salt, you’ve got a brain so use it to make your own decisions.
    Change from ‘What can I get’ to ‘What can I give’.
    Giving someone a hug means more to them than to you.

    Your attitude and outlook on life affects those around you. Do you really want to be Mr.or Mrs. Permanently Grumpy?

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  10. jay jay says:

    I’m struggling, at the moment, to think positive about our present situation concerning the political turmoil, all happening when we need to be coming from a position of strength and unity. We are a much better country than this and we really should be sorting things more quickly in order to be able to determine our future position in the world. It doesn’t seem to me that they are thinking about the electorate yet again and focussing on their own interests.

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  11. miss f sales says:

    Positive thinking about anston parish council best joke of the year

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