Positive thinking – The challenge

It’s EASY to feel positive when your life is going great. That’s not a challenge.

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE, AND WILL THIS WORK FOR ME?

The challenge, and what I propose to you now, is that you develop a mindset where you’re not just positive in those good times, but all the time. That’s not to say that you’ll be walking around constantly with a grin ear to ear saying things like “Oh well, it’s only a cat. His head looks better separate from his body anyway. On the bright side, that guys car was very shiny, so it sort of makes sense he’d not want to swerve to avoid Timmy. What a great person, and what a haircut!”

I don’t want to act like that, and I don’t want you to either. Tragedy is still tragedy, and when it strikes you should be able to deal with it and recover in a confident, healthy, positive way.

AREN’T SOME PEOPLE JUST… NEGATIVE?

Conventional wisdom suggests that you have – at a genetic level – a certain amount of serotonin in your brain. Think of serotonin as the “Happy” chemical (strictly speaking it’s a neuro-transmitter, but chemical is fine at this point). Serotonin is the happy-brain-chemical equivalent of the horsepower of a car. (The car is your brain).

This conventional wisdom says that everyone has a pre-determined amount of serotonin (happiness horsepower) in their brain (metaphorical car). This suggests that, no matter what you do or how you choose to live your life, there’s only a certain amount of happiness and positivity you’re going to experience.

I DON’T THINK THIS IS STRICTLY TRUE.

There are several ways you can effect the levels of serotonin in your brain without the use of anti-depressant drugs (also known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, SSRI’s), and jack up the positivity and happiness in your own life. In my future articles, I’m going to be talking about a lot of them.

IS LOW SEROTONIN THE ONLY REASON A PERSON CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE?

Absolutely not.

You might have grown up with some fuck-head constantly criticizing you. You might have gone through school with a best friend for whom positivity wasn’t an option, and who loved talking to you about what a cruel, impossible World we live in, or how the both of you would never succeed. Your parents might have died in a house fire, forcing you to grow up with your war-time obsessed grandparents. There are an absolutely staggering number of reasons a person can have a negative attitude, but there’s only one solution – to change it.

So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. I’m going to develop, refine and then give to YOU all the tools required to make a positive change to your life, and I’m going to post it all up here at Unorthodox Strategy.

 

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6 Comments

  • Mikhaila

    I actually love this! I even want to print it so I can wake up to something inspirational hanging on my wall. I love positivity and i try to lead a positive life, but we all have little Timmy moments when we forget how to deal with negatives and want to key the car and mess up the driver’s hair. This is simply a beautiful reminder of what to do 🙂

  • Brindy

    I think it’s so easy to be negative in the world we live in today. Everywhere around us, papers, TV, people! There should be more positivity in the world and your posts are exactly what I needed to read! Make a positive change in my life please 🙂

  • Shaun

    In this day and age more and more of us are slowly starting to think negatively or fall into depression, this is exactly what people need, this could help so many people, everyone had a few down days but reading this will make people understand and positively make actions around them, of course I’m did-regarding great trauma. I love this great way of putting it too!

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