Positive Thinking Is Useless By Itself - page 4

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According to San (2006), positive thinking can be described as the practice of embracing the affirmative in our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, our reactions and our speech. Positive thinkers are usually brimming with... Read More


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    I used to be a VERY pessimistic person. I have always had faith and have always prayed but the glass half empty person was there. I also had a ton of anxiety, I would worry about this, what if that, etc. I now am a firm believer in positive thinking. Obviously, I won't just be lazy and expect the good things to happen. I have to WORK for them. But with my positive attitude, the work is fun. I actually enjoy every single day. Sure, I have things that try to irritate me throughout my day. I do not let them. Yes, I am a person who has read The Secret and The Power. I am going to start The Magic in the next month. I cannot tell you how it has influenced me to change my attitude about everything but it has and I am much happier. I agree with what most have said here... You have to take action and taking action with a happy attitude is much better than a negative attitude. The law of attraction is real, though. The more negative I think, the more negativity comes to me. The most positive I am, I have only positivity around me. My mom tried to tell me this my whole life and I never listened until a few years ago.
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    Quote from BGax
    The law of attraction is real, though. The more negative I think, the more negativity comes to me. The most positive I am, I have only positivity around me.
    And therefore, those who are victimized are at fault? Those who are hungry?

    I'm not saying that it's beneficial to go through life with a foul attitude, but the power of attraction thing has some cultish qualities. I've heard it before, in various guises.
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    The Power of Negative Thinking, New York Times, 4 August 2012

    "Oliver Burkeman is the author of the forthcoming book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking."
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    Quote from Tragically Hip
    I wonder who came up with that saying. It's not in the bible. In fact, the bible counsels the opposite, something to the effect, "Ask and ye shall receive."

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    Edit: The saying was attributed to Benjamin Franklin (as Poor Richard, I presume), but it did not originate with him.
    That isn't exactly the opposite. When Jesus said "knock," "ask," and "seek," He was telling you to act. If you don't ask, seek and knock... you won't receive, find or have a door opened for you.

    Just my 0.02.
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    Quote from Tragically Hip
    And therefore, those who are victimized are at fault? Those who are hungry?

    I'm not saying that it's beneficial to go through life with a foul attitude, but the power of attraction thing has some cultish qualities. I've heard it before, in various guises.
    Wouldn't the laws of attraction mean that negative thinkers attract positivity?

    *head explodes*
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    Do thoughts carry an ionic charge? or are thoughts neutral?
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    Do thoughts carry an ionic charge? or are thoughts neutral?
    Thoughts are made of gravitons, so they attract one another. They form great thought clouds. I think I saw it on Futurama. Remember the giant flying brains?
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    Quote from veggie530
    That isn't exactly the opposite. When Jesus said "knock," "ask," and "seek," He was telling you to act. If you don't ask, seek and knock... you won't receive, find or have a door opened for you.

    Just my 0.02.
    So that's why people in comas get no service.

    The new age law of attraction thing is about having the right energy and that sort of thing, rather than petitioning the gods for favors.

    As far as Matthew 7:7 is concerned, you're assuming logical ands between the statements. "Ask and it will be given to you" would seem to stand alone, as do the two clauses that follow.

    You want a new BMW, Christian-style? Just ask for it. You want a new BMW "The Secret"-style? Think positive thoughts.


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