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Fundamental Seven: Develop Positive, Optimistic Thinking

Your sweetheart writes you a little note which says, “You’re going to get it tonight!” Are you in for a special treat? Or are you in for a serious chewing-out?

Much of life is ambiguous, to say the least! Most events are subject to a great deal of latitude when it comes to their interpretation. Thus, in the above scenarios, the interpretation makes quite a difference.

If one were to look at each of these situations optimistically, the story might look quite pleasant! Your child has been selected for a wonderful opportunity, your boss has invited you to his country club (maybe you’ve got that promotion), you neighbors have spared you the need to go to a party at which you’d be out of place, you’re $1,000.00 richer, and you sweetheart has lovingly promised that “you’re going to get it tonight!”

On the other hand, from a pessimistic point of view, these same situations could be seen as a nightmare! That “summer program” for your kid is going to cost a bundle. The boss is planning to fire you. Your neighbors don’t like you. That $1,000.00 is going to land you in Federal Tax Court. And your sweetheart’s note — “you’re going to get it tonight!” — means you shouldn’t go home at all!

If you had to choose which way to look at these particular events, which way would make you happier? There is little doubt that the optimistic interpretation is the happier of the two. Here we had the same series of events seen from two different perspectives: one optimistic; one pessimistic. Clearly, the optimistic viewpoint, if one can manage it, creates a happier way of looking at these same circumstances. Indeed, as you read the two ways of assessing these events, which one left you with a happier feeling?

Herein, lies the importance of an optimistic, positive interpretation of events with regard to personal happiness. An optimistic viewpoint leads to a positive view of events. A positive view of events creates more pleasant feelings regarding them. And pleasant feelings are the basic building blocks of overall human happiness.

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