A Positive Perception

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“Your perspective on life forms the cage you are held captive in.”
Shannon L. Alder

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Life simply is not black or white – 100% of this or 100% of that – all or nothing. Thinking in extremes like this just leads to misery, because negative thinking tends to view any situation that is less than perfect as being extremely bad.

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All or nothing thinking tends to miss out the subtle shades in life. It can make us see the future in terms of dramatic disasters, disappointments and catastrophes.

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If something negative unexpectedly happens, do you over-generalize it? Do you view it as applying to everything and being permanent rather than compartmentalising it to one place and time? For example, if someone turns you down for a date, do you spread the negativity beyond that event, time, and place by telling yourself: “Relationships will never work out for me”?

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Too often we jump to conclusions, only to cause ourselves and others unnecessary frustration, hurt and anger. Thinking negatively will inevitably lead you to interpret everything another person does as being negative, especially when you are uncertain about what the other person is thinking.

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Negative thinking stops us from seeing and experiencing positive outcomes, even when they happen often. Be wise enough to let go of the negativity inside you. Choose to be positive today.

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“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.”
Ellen DeGeneres

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