This is sort of an odd day celebrated on May 31st because it was Norman Vincent Peale’s birthday, born in 1898. You may remember him as a pastor at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York where he preached for fifty years. Or you may remember him for his “The Power Of Positive Thinking” book, or one of the others he wrote afterwards.
It was his thought that you make yourself into whatever you think you are. If you think positive thoughts, positive things will happen to you. If you think negative things, negative things will happen to you. In other words, whatever mood or attitude we project is what we will receive.
Why do you think inspirational and motivational quotes do so well on social media – they are a reminder of what Peal was preaching – positive thoughts exude positiveness!
I have noticed that those who believe strongly in something generally seem happier. They have a safe place to fall back to and something to look forward to. Those who believe in nothing, or very little, have a dark outlook on life and seem sadder. They have no place to go when things do get bad because they can only react to what is unfolding in front of them. There is nothing more than the here and now.
If y0u are friendly towards others, others will be friendly towards you. If you are standoffish from people they will stay away from you. If you feel sick, you are sick, if you feel good, you are healthy. I think quite often those who say they are catching a cold really do catch a cold while others say it’s allergies tend to think they will be better the next day and generally are.
In other words, are we projecting our own way to the future? Can we think our way into having a better day? Can we think our way into being sick? We certainly can find new friends if we are friendly but is that what we really are after? Are there people out there that really want to be unhappy?
To know someone else you really have to know yourself first. Good or bad, we will project on them what we feel when we meet them. They will be doing the same to us. Does this all sound confusing? Probably because I don’t know what to think myself.
How to celebrate: Make a list if several positive attributes about you. Read i e of those attributes evey morning before you get started with your day. Make a list of goals and strive to do a baby step every day to reach that goal. Don’t get upset when you, your spouse, or child does something like spill milk. Instead just know it happened and fix it. Make sure others see you as you want them to see you. Try not judge others before you get to know who they are. Pay it forward – this type of giving will make you feel good. Remember little things can make a huge difference. Johnny the bagger spread his power of making people happy and it rubbed off on others and changed lives – all because of a positive attitude!
And start watching some great motivational presentations or read some good books such as the Power of Positive Thinking, The Happiness Advantage, and A Kick in the Attitude.
Norman Vincent Peale, Shawn Achor and Sam Glen will change your life!