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by Pete Ferguson

There is only one thing you can control in this life. You can't control politicians (although you can vote and speak up), you can't control the weather (but you can decide in which climate to live), and you can't control others - but you can control your attitude and you do make a thousand decisions a day on what your attitude will be.

As you look at last week, I hope you are happy about the way you have handled events and worked with others. Where you may not have been perfect, hopefully you have course corrected, or will take the time to do so now.

The great thing about Monday is that it affords a fresh seven days to create the life you want to live. To help with a boost for those with the Monday morning blues, here are eleven reasons to be positive I received in a newsletter from a mortgage newsletter:

1. Positive People Live Longer - In a study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived on average 10 years longer. (The Nun Study)
2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments. (Daniel Goleman)
3. Positive, optimistic sales people sell more than pessimistic sales people. (Martin Seligman)
4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure. (Heartmath.org)
5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce. (John Gottman)
6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity. (Several Studies)
7. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems. (Barbara Fredrickson)
8. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time. (Several Studies)
9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level. (Heartmath.org)
10. Positive people have more friends which is a key factor of happiness and longevity. (Robert D. Putnam)
11. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and promotions and achieve greater success in the workplace. (Tim Sanders)

Sounds like great reasons for me! I'm going to be tallying my interactions with my wife and children to see where I am on the scale. I think I'm around 4:1. It will be interesting to measure.

I have greatly appreciated the feedback, critique, and input from everyone. The smoke break article wins for most diverse feedback to date. Muchas gracias!


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Comment by Archie Winningham on August 13, 2012 at 7:13pm

And I am "positive" that I love, and believe this post is right on the bulls eye! "Positive thinking WON'T...let you do anything. But it WILL, let you do everything BETTER...than negative thinking will!" ~Zig

I am absolutely convinced that LIFE IS GOOD, if we are determined for it to be!

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