“Your thoughts and beliefs of the past have created this moment, and all the moments up to this moment. What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year.” ~ Louise Hay

It is scientifically proven that optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists. I know one of the many studies on the subject was made at the University of Pittsburgh where they came to the realization that optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists. You would think everybody understands why it is better to be a positive person than a negative one, why it is better to be an optimist than a pessimist, but if you take a look around you will realize that it’s not really the case.

I am a very positive person and because of this, I experience every day the many blessing and benefits that come from being just that.  I wasn’t always like that, but when you start to go from always blaming, criticizing and judging everybody for everything that happens to you; when you go from being this negative person that nobody wants to be around; when you go from being this “unlucky” human being to being a positive person who always focuses on the bright side of everything, your whole life will forever be transformed. It may take some time if you have a lifetime practice of negativity but eventually, you will learn how to be a positive person. 

“The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.” ~ Samuel Johnson

I am not saying that you shouldn’t share anything negative with those around you for that will only imply that you should suppress all of those negative feeling and emotions which will make things even worse. I am saying that you should understand that it will be a lot more beneficial for your own health and well-being if you do it with moderation. If you continue to take ownership over them and if you continue to argue over all your struggles, they will surely be yours.

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.” ~ Confucius

When you complain about your hardships for hours, days, weeks and even years – yes there are people who do that, you are creating, even more, stress in your life. You are poisoning yourself and everybody around you with your toxic energy, not understanding that energy is contagious and like a virus, it will infiltrate, duplicate and spread. Every time we chose to go around sharing with the whole world how one single event brought us so much pain, we start to identify ourselves with all of these things and we allow them to define who we are and we allow them to shape us and to determine how our lives will unfold. This is what negative thinking can do to you. Thoughts have power, creative power and it’s up to you to choose the good ones or the bad ones.

I know there will come a day when children will learn about the power of  thought in schools and they will learn why it is so important to focus on the positive rather than the negative and more and more people will start to take responsibility for their own thoughts and their own lives, allowing themselves to be happy and healthy.

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” ~ Brian Tracy

Learn how to live and choose to always look at the bright side of things, knowing that by doing so, you will always benefit tremendously.

~love, Luminita💫


Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita is the Founder and Editor in Chief of and also the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • Eileen

    at 1:46 pm

    I agree with Connie about vacuous positivity. Let’s not whitewash or “positivity” wash real problems. While I believe in the power of positivity, I do not believe in blaming victims of a rather heartless society. Instead, I believe we should work toward positive change for all.

  • Harper

    at 12:38 pm

    Connie I understand where you are coming from but I believe maintaining a positive outlook on life is about individual reality and isn’t about pointing fingers at others and certainly not about making those with illness or hardship feel worse about their situation. For me it is about discovering your own resilience and not letting the difficult times own or define you. Unfortunately we can’t control much of what happens to us, we can only take charge of how we let it affect our being.

  • Priya Ranjan Sinha

    at 9:03 am

    I have always believed in the philosophy of being utmost
    optimistic & always proud & contended with what I have.
    I feel the source of all happiness lies within me and all.Balance between thoughts,feelings,emotions,goals and
    values is the mantra for all happiness.

  • Charmaine McDonald

    at 6:58 am

    Thank you for this article. Yes, this is true, I write from experience, and My Positive Attitude in my Life, has worked for me. ” I have the Power To Turn Negatives into Positives.” I sincerely Pray that this article will be read by many Human Beings and that they benefit from this, and gain some Positive Attitudes for their individual lives. Amen

  • Corey Doherty

    at 2:06 pm

    I am coming back from a long journey. I have been in therapy for PTSD for two years now. I worked in a very toxic work environment for twenty three years. I tried to rise above it but wasn’t strong enough. I was taken by ambulance from my office two years ago.
    I am trying so hard to be positive, to look at the bright side of things. It is a struggle but I can tell you that when I am positive I feel my energy and attitude soar.
    I love this website…it keeps me grounded and moving forward. Thanks

  • Connie

    at 2:05 pm

    Positive thinking is great, and our thoughts do influence our decisions and the direction we take. But there is much beyond our control, and positive thinking has recently become a tool by which victims get blamed for their plight (they weren’t optimistic enough), and yet another burden to put on those who suddenly find themselves in hell. We need realism, not forced happiness. Those who live with depression or anxiety shouldn’t have to feel responsible for their illness; those who are faced with diagnosis of a terminal illness at a young age shouldn’t be burdened with the thought they may not have had to face this if only they had been more positive. When we diminish realism, we diminish our humanity. Feed hope, yes, but be realistic.

  • jim

    at 12:42 pm

    I wholeheartedly concur! Plus, when one is a nattering nabob of negativity, one tends to scare others away, and that’s no fun.

  • Vicki Goldberg

    at 5:29 pm

    Completely agree with you! I have pinned this. I practice gratitude every day and I believe we ALL have the power to create our own happiness. Thank you.

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