Depression: The Power
Of A Positive Attitude
I am going to ask you to
something very strange right now - don't worry, it won't hurt!
you ready? Good, let's begin.
I want you to listen to your
Now tell me, what
thoughts fill your head?
you say that they are positive, or negative thoughts?
keeping these thoughts in mind, let's say you take a stroll on the
beach or go the mall.
question I have for you is this:
"Do you think that anyone who
you meet on the beach, street or wherever, would be able to
tell you what’s on your mind?"
you answered "no" then, of course you would be right. How
would a person be able to know what you are thinking about?
how about if we look at this from a different angle...
even though these people will not be able to tell exactly what
you are thinking, they will more or less have an idea of how you are
this be true? Yes, I believe that it can - because your thoughts are very
affect your frame of mind and general attitude. And the
attitude that you carry reflects on
your appearance, for example, if you walk with your head down –
unless, of course, you are a great actor.
me tell you, at the beginning of my journey with depression, I was
a fantastic actor - I would have given Meryl Streep a run for her money!
around me had no idea of the inner pain that I was going through
because I hid it so well. And the reason why I hid it, was
felt ashamed, embarrassed and like a failure because I couldn't just
"get over" my depression.
that I have many more years of experience with depression and know
that it is a medical illness and NOT a sign of weakness, I am no longer
competing with Meryl Street for that Oscar!
But you know what else? It doesn't end
Your attitude can also affect
people around you.
type of attitude you portray depends on you, and this
attitude can be either a positive or negative one.
thoughts have a "feel good" effect and they are invigorating.
Plus, the people around the person carrying positive thoughts are
usually energized by this type of attitude. I always like to
think of a positive attitude as being contagious!
thoughts on the other hand are prone to have a draining effect on other
You may not be aware of it, but if your
negative thoughts make you look gloomy and sad, other people
will pick up on these negative thoughts.
is a huge amount of research that backs up the statement that a
positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels
tend to shy away from those who carry a negative attitude.
Given my pre-disposition to becoming depressed, I actively
avoid people who are constantly complaining about things. If
I stayed in their company for too long, I find myself starting to feel
can also define attitude as the way of looking at the world.
choose to focus on the negative things in the world, more or less you
have a negative attitude brewing up. However, if you choose to focus on
the positive things, you are more likely carry a positive attitude.
have much to gain from a very positive attitude. For one,
shown that a positive attitude promotes better health.
kind of attitude also have more friends. Projecting a positive attitude
also helps one to handle stress and problems better than those who have
a negative attitude.
positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. If
the way you are and are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, you
also make others that are around you, feel the same way.
negative attitude, on the other hand, has an opposite
effect. So, carrying a negative attitude has a two-fold
feel bad about yourself, and you make others feel the same way.
you want a healthier, more positive outlook in life, you need to think
and you have to hear positive things as well - then the happy feeling
So, what can you do?
for starters, you could see a funny movie, you could play with
children, spend some time telling jokes with friends, make sure you get out of the house and maybe even do some excerice.
activities fill you with positive stimuli, which in turn promotes
a positive attitude.
it is impossible to keep ourselves from the negative things around us,
you can still carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good things,
the positive things in life.
this positive attitude you now carry can be of benefit to other people.
Sometimes when other people feel down, the thing people mostly do is
try to give them advice.
But sometimes, all they need
is somebody to sit by them, and listen to
them. If you have a positive attitude you may be able to cheer them up
without even having to say anything.
so if a positive attitude is so great, then why do
people adopt a negative attitude instead?
possible explanation is that the person with a
negative attitude may be actually sending a signal for
attention. Another explanation may be that the person is
showing early signs of depression.
would like to make it clear that feeling sad, angry, or
gloomy is not wrong in itself. But dwelling on these thoughts
too long is not healthy either.
you are beset by troubles, even in your darkest hour, focus on the good
things in life, you will always have hope. Problems become something
you can overcome - just like I have.
having nothing to lose by adopting a healthy, positive
show that such an attitude actually delays aging, makes you
healthier, helps you develop a better stress coping mechanism, and has
a very positive effect on all the people you meet every day.
So, what's not to like about a
Adopt one today!
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