Are you a positive or a negative thinker?
Our mindsets and thought processes shape the world around us much more than many people realise. When you’re angry and annoyed, little things can seem more infuriating. When you’re already sad, little things seem more upsetting. So what about when you’re happy?
Last week I wrote about seeing the world through a certain “Lens”; such as seeing the world in potential photographs, or experiencing things as potential blogs. If you missed the original post, you can find it here. Now I want to talk about mindsets not directly related to hobbies…
As I said before, when you spend all your time doing something, or focusing on one particular thing, you may start seeing the world through that “lens”; a perspective on things that might be different to the average person. The concept to take away from this is that it’s true of positivity and negativity as well. If you try to face each day with a positive mindset, if you try to see the good in all situations, not only does positive thinking become a habit, it becomes a lens with which to view the world. Suddenly the bad doesn’t seem as bad, and the good seems even better. Whereas if you spend your time stressing and worrying, all you start to see is stress and worry.
I know a lot of pessimists; they say it’s more logical. An argument I’ve heard is “if you expect the worst, you’re not disappointed” and as true as that may be in some scenarios, it’s an awful outlook to have. They see the world through a negative, pessimistic lens, and because of that, they think positivity leads to disappointment, when in fact positivity leads to the strength to bounce back. When you see the world through an optimistic and positive lens you don’t become impervious to disappointment and bad experience, but you do encourage yourself to see extra options; you’re no longer conditioning yourself to see limitations and restrictions.
So I urge you, each and every one of you, to try seeing the good in the world. I urge you to stop beating yourselves up, to stop viewing the world with negativity. I urge you to look on the bright side and think positive. The more practice you give it, the better your experiences will be. Remember:
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
This blog is partially inspired by one of my favourite articles, one I’ve referenced before and you can find here if you’d like to read; it’s about how negativity can effect our view and it does a much better job of explaining it than I ever will.