Positive thinking can't solve your problems
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Have we been fooled by all the theories of positive thinking? When I saw the interview with
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of
Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World on News Night,
my first thought was ‘At last someone is coming out to disprove the positive thinking hype’.
I agree with her that it’s no point telling a person who is suffering, in this case, she has
breast cancer, and that she needs to be positive to get well. That’s not empathy, that’s dismissing her
feelings of fear, anger and sadness.
Many of us are told that our problems will be solved if we think positively. Some of us are
even made to feel that it’s our negative thoughts that are making our life miserable. Is this true? Can
positive thinking solve problems?
As I thought further on the truth about positive thinking, I realised that I cannot dismiss
the fact that positive thinking have in some point of my life help me overcome problems. The positive
thoughts and positive changes I have made to my life have worked well for me. For those things that have not
come into fruition, I accept that it is probably not right for me. I know this cannot be compared to someone
who has a terminal illness and there is not much they can do to change their predicament.
The interview with the Smile or Die author have led me to realise that perhaps the truth about
positive thinking is not about psyching ourselves into believing that saying daily affirmations and ignoring
negative feelings is going to solve our problems. Positive thinking is about acknowledging and accepting that
there is a problem; understand why we have negative thoughts and making a decision to make positive changes
to our life.
Positive thinking can’t solve your problem; it wouldn’t heal you or keep you away from dreaded
illnesses. Positive thinking can however help you decide on how you can make your life better in the midst of
Positive thinking can’t solve your problems. It wouldn’t shield you from negative feelings and
life’s obstacles. It can however help you face your problems, make improvements to your life and keep you
motivated in achieving your goals.
Positive thinking can’t solve your problem but having positive attitude can help make your
life better. Believing in yourself and your capabilities whilst acknowledging your weaknesses prepares you
for life challenges.
There is no doubt that having a positive attitude is healthy. You find a purpose in your life
and you feel more fulfilled as you start to do the things that make you happy.