Positive thinking, isn’t that the solution towards reducing depression, changing ourselves, and changing the world, for the better? May be.
Here are some quotes from Take Control of your life by Dr Gail Ratcliffe
Why does your life get out of control: “One is not disturbed by things but by the views one takes of them.” EPICTETUS
Change your attitude if you can’t change the situation: “Our lives are what our thoughts make of them.” MARCUS AURELIUS
In Change your thinking by Dr Sarah Edelman
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is in the process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning. SCOTT PECK, The Road Well Travelled
So, what does one need to do in respond to changes? Should one change his/her thinking, or attitudes?
Here is a story adapted from The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr David J. Schwartz
Our six-year-old son David felt mighty big when he was graduated from Kindergarten. I asked him what he plans to be when he finishes growing up. David answered, “Dad, I want to be a Professor.”
“A Professor? A Professor of what?” I asked.
“Well, Dad,” he replied, “I think I want to be a Professor of Happiness.”
Isn’t it pretty ambitious? But is there such a Professor of Happiness in the world? Here Daniel Gilbert, Professor Happiness says:
We know that the best predictor of human happiness is human relationships and the amount of time that people spend with family and friends.
We know that it’s significantly more important than money and somewhat more important than health. That’s what the data shows. The interesting thing is that people will sacrifice social relationships to get other things that won’t make them as happy — money. That’s what I mean when I say people should do “wise shopping” for happiness.
Human relationships could be best predictor of human happiness. Based on that belief, I followed Nancy’s lead on social artistry where Jean Houston explains Social Artistry:
Social Artistry is the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.
That’s where I would like to start to explore on. Here is the social artistry study group
“Social Artistry is an emerging discipline in leadership development. It taps inherent human capacities for greater imagination, compassion, and resolve. The discipline integrates science and intellectual development, using multiple styles of thinking, expanding skills for contemporary leadership challenges, and applying these skills to complex social issues and organizational development.”
Sounds new and interesting to me!