Keeping the Glass Half-full is Hard Work

Posted on December 19, 2008

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1. Getting and maintaining a positive attitude, especially when a person does not already have it, takes a lot of hard work, effort, time, and diligence. A person doesn’t become positive by flipping an internal switch when someone suggests the glass is half-full rather than half-empty. A positive attitude is a kind of skill that a person acquires and develops over time through practice and effort. A person must decide to acquire the skill, work on developing it everyday, and, only then, will she eventually employ it effortlessly.

2. A positive person never –never– ignores negative experiences. Instead, a positive person recognizes a negative thought, outcome, circumstance, and/ or event and responds to it in a positive fashion. In some instances, the decision not to dwell on some negative aspect of one’s life is the best response but it is not always the best response and, when circumstances change, it may cease to be the best response.

3. Many persons lose site of–or are unaware of–these two facts and, as a result, are unable to adopt a genuinely positive attitude in their lives.


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