The power of positive thinking

First Posted: 5/13/2009

Ill be perfectly honest with you, I had completely forgotten to write my article for this week, and so in a panic I went through a few of my old articles from a couple years back. I came across this one, and thought it is as relevant today as it was when I wrote it in 2006, and it will be relevant three more years from today. Its about the power of positive thinking and being able to accomplish anything you put your mind to as long as you dont let those with negative attitudes get in your way.

We all have those people in our lives. You know the type, the glass-is-half-empty kind. No matter what you do or what you say, they can always find the negative side of everything. You tell them how nice it is outside, but they inform you that its going to rain. You mention how well youve been doing with your new fitness program and they remind you that chances are it wont last. They go through their lives being negative and attempting to bring everyone else around them down to their level. And unfortunately their poor attitude often times seems to be more contagious than the alternative. Like many bad behaviors this problem is often the result of the persons choosing to live their life this way, and repeating the action often enough that it becomes second nature.
A good example of this necessary positive attitude is a story I found online. Its the story of the carrot, the egg and the coffee bean. It goes like this
A young woman went to her mother complaining about her life and how things were so hard for her. Her mother took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and brought them to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. After about 20 minutes she shut off the burners and turning to her daughter she asked, Tell me, what do you see?
Carrots, eggs, and coffee, the daughter replied.
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity boiling water but each reacted differently. The carrots went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to adversity, they softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile, but its outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened and stiff. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. Which are you? she asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
This story points out that we all face negativity and adversity, but it is our intentions to the situation that guides how it will affect us. But it goes beyond just having a positive attitude. Research has shown that physically ill patients who choose to be positive and share that attitude with other patients show a greater success rate in their recovery. Research points out how positive thinking is an effective way to achieve healing. Having a positive energy level reduces stress and emotional tension in the healer and in others. Positive emotions and feelings and a positive mental attitude can improve the quality of peoples lives and heal their bodies of illnesses and stresses. Think about it … how often do we visit a sick friend in hopes to cheer them up?
Choosing to be positive will help your mental well-being as well as your physical health. Not to mention it makes you more pleasant to be around.

Mike DeCinti is the marketing director for Lumberton Radiological Associates. He can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 738-8222, Ext. 258.

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