Posts Tagged ‘positive’

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

July 6, 2008

New Research Shows That Humans Have More Control Over Their Happiness Than Previously Thought. What exactly is happening inside the brains of people experiencing joy and happiness? “It’s a very complicated chemical soup,” explained Dr. Richard Davidson, who has made a life’s work out of studying “happy brains.” His lab at the University of Wisconsin is devoted to understanding how much of our joy level is set at birth, and how much we can control.

With a skull cap containing 128 sensors, Davidson’s team can watch a subject’s brain respond to a series of photographs, some pleasant, some distressing.

“We can challenge the brain by presenting these emotional images and look to see how you respond to them,” Davidson said.

ABC News’ Bill Weir underwent the test, and by studying the activity in his left prefrontal cortex, Davidson discovered that Weir’s brain was “more positive than not.” (more…)

Positive thinking: Practice this stress management skill

July 2, 2008

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing with some examples provided.

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.

In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect how well you live and even how long you live.

With this in mind, take a refresher course in positive thinking. Learn how to put positive thinking into action. Positive thinking is a key part of an effective stress management strategy. (more…)

Remaining Positive About the Economy

July 2, 2008

Posted by Barry Lauterwasser

Having lived through the Jimmy Carter era, and enjoyed the boom of Reaganomics, and having studied economic history at University of Louisville, I can tell you this. Our economy has always been, and always will be…cyclical.

That means that the boon days can’t live forever, neither can the depression… Which is why I can remain positive about our economy. It has always been the dominant economy in the world, and always will be, until other countries can duplicate our capitalistic system, and deal with the fallout, and education process that it brings.
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The Power of Positive Thinking

July 2, 2008

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.

Not everyone accepts or believes in positive thinking. Some consider the subject as just nonsense, and others scoff at people who believe and accept it. Among the people who accept it, not many know how to use it effectively to get results. Yet, it seems that many are becoming attracted to this subject, as evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it. This is a subject that is gaining popularity.

It is quite common to hear people say: “Think positive!”, to someone who feels down and worried. Most people do not take these words seriously, as they do not know what they really mean, or do not consider them as useful and effective. How many people do you know, who stop to think what the power of positive thinking means? (more…)

Romania: 50% of news must be positive, says law proposal

July 1, 2008

Last week, the Romanian Senate unanimously voted a law proposal forcing media to distribute 50% of positive news.

According to its instigators, the law will help to fight against “the extraordinary harms of negative news and their irreversible effects on health and people’s lives.”

The Senate wishes that TV and radio news programs feature as much ‘negative’ as ‘positive’ news.

The Romanian’s National Council for Audiovisual broadcasting is to validate the law – under which it will have the responsibility to decide what constitutes good or bad news.

From awwwww.org

The Optimist’s Handbook

June 26, 2008

Miserable world. Miserable life. Switch on the TV. It’s all doom and gloom. Newspapers are crammed with depressing stories… but is the situation really that bad?

Nick Inman has drawn together a collection of inspiring, thought-provoking ideas for the reader to contemplate. He argues that our world view is too often skewed towards the negative and that we should use optimism to see a more balanced picture of reality.

Optimism, he suggests, is an attitude of hopefulness. It leads to progress and problem-solving. It is the quality of the activist, the campaigner and the world-changer. It looks towards co-operation and compromise and not confrontation.
“We don’t live in a perfect world but it’s better than we seem to think,” Nick says. “My book doesn’t ask you to believe anything – just read the facts and make up your own mind.”

Beautifully designed, The Optimist’s Handbook consists of alphabetically arranged topics, about which there is something positive to say. It offers a hard-nosed look at serious issues as well as the comical aspects of life. Read it and smile!

The Optimist’s Handbook
by Nick Inman
Website: www.harriman-house.com