I’ve posted a couple of blogs about the importance of feeling good because feeling good gets you in alignment with enjoying the valuable life you are given. Well, in my opinion, trying to tell yourself or someone else to “think positive” is not something I would suggest. I think it’s a kind way to help someone and I’m all about kindness and the effort given, but being as blunt and honest as I am with a different perspective, I don’t think it gets the ball rolling towards feeling good.
To me, trying to think positive has a rather empty meaning on its own. When someone isn’t feeling the greatest, telling them to think positive may not work so well. Why I feel this way is because if they are feeling like shit, it’s going to take some real effort to get them out of whatever funk they are in so they can feel good. And if they are in a funk where there seems to be little to no progress with trying to think positive, that person will be more prone to feeling worse.
What I suggest to anyone to get out of that funk and into that feel good vibe is to change perspective. Changing perspective is a whole new ball game compared to just trying to think positive.
An example would be someone who is unhappy with their life, even when they have so much going for them despite the bills and other adult responsibilities they have to deal with. Telling them to think positive is one thing, but telling them to watch Schindler’s List, The Pianist, Life is Beautiful or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is another.
I don’t know about you, but those movies have a great way of changing my perspective real quick. I don’t feel I even have to explain why. Anytime I get out of line with how my life appears to be in any aspect, I just watch movies like that. Boy does my attitude fluff up by a million. It’s almost as if I have no choice but to give meaning to thinking positive about my life after watching them.
So if you or anyone you know is feeling rather down, depressed or whatever, simple advice to give is to change perspective.