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Fundamental Seven: Develop Positive, Optimistic Thinking

Such individuals tend to shake our basic faith in the nature of happiness, as we understand it. How can a person who has everything be unhappy? And how can a person who has nothing be happy? It defies common logic, but it happens…

Though statistically it is rare, there appear to be many individuals who have all of life’s blessings, yet remain relatively unhappy. Such individuals would seem, on paper, to have everything one could wish for in terms of the objective factors which the research has found to make for happiness. They have high incomes and social status; they are married; they have good health; they live an active life-style; etc.. Yet despite their clearly objective success in every important area of life, they remain unhappy people.

Likewise, there are others who seem to have little among the factors we know that contribute to happiness, who are extremely happy anyway. Statistically, such individuals are also rare, but the ones who do exist are most inspirational. Despite an objective situation of poverty, low social status, poor health, and constant difficulties, they seem to manage an uncannily high degree of happiness. These are people who score low on every known happiness-factor — yet they are, inexplicably, very happy.

Apparently, the difference boils down to how they view their circumstances — the “missing link” of optimism. It is simply a matter of “seeing the cup half-full, or half-empty.”

It seems that some individuals view life so critically and pessimistically, that no matter how much they have, they still view their life as lacking. Such people can live in a mansion in the nicest neighborhood in town, and still feel deflated when a larger mansion is built by someone down the street. They can own two Mercedes, and feel jealous when their neighbor can afford three. They travel to Monte Carlo twice a year, and feel disappointed that they can’t live there year-round. They have every advantage and luxury life affords, yet everywhere they look, something is lacking or incomplete. Nothing is ever quite good enough. Nothing is ever satisfactory. Nothing completely fills the bill. The cup never overflows, no matter how much is poured into it!

At the other extreme, there are some individuals who view their world so optimistically, the see their lives full, no matter what the circumstances. Surrounded by the worst of situations, they only see their blessings. Rather than dreaming of mansions, they’re happy to have a meager home to call their own. Rather than owning a Mercedes, their thankful to have an old “junker” they can count on. Rather than vacations in Monte Carlo, they’re content with an occasional Sunday at the local beach. They have few of the advantages and luxuries life affords, yet everywhere they look they see abundance. They view their meager home, “junker” automobile, and Sunday beach jaunts as riches that many others do not have. No matter how slightly the cup is filled, it is always seen as overflowing!

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