The power of positive and negative thinking (along with actions) can greatly affect individual and social situations (whether or not they are true actions). I have often felt a lot better about the world when I hear an educated person talk about something inspirational. I've gone to parties that were boring, and I've been to ones where I've had a blast, depending upon the people there and their positive or negative manner. Being positive or negative is catching, although it may not be lasting for some, but a positive mood seems to stick with me longer. I have been picked up out of the doldrums by someone else's positive attitude.
This is an interesting topic for me. A couple of weeks ago, I heard a news story by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, about how the media plays such a big part in our economy in how they report financial stories, and if you listen to them talking about the economy, you too, will notice that they put such a downspin on everything. They report on how bad folks have it with foreclosing houses or picking up the pieces from a disaster, and on and on. When is the last time you have heard a report from someone is doing just fine and doesn't have a problem with the price of bread. At any rate, the point is that when we hear nothing but "bad" and "negative," the feeling and general mood perpetuates itself, and thereby so our economy goes. If nothing seems to be getting better, we go into the "save" mode where we don't buy anything we don't need and feed into the economy. When we hear that things are on their way up, that's when we see people not afraid to spend or buy stocks. This is just an example on how positive and negative can have an effect socially and how the media can control such issues.
So, is cynicism and negativity the reality? Not necessarily. As an example, in the last paragraph, not all people are hitting the bottom of the barrel, but how often do you hear about people succeeding as opposed to not. It's how you respond to negativity that makes your own reality, but it helps to be able to look past it and know the facts before opening up.
Keep a sense of humor. Remember, laughing burns calories too!
Laugh until it hurts! It's one of the few things in life that's still free!!
Any effort is better than no effort!
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