Remember that week-long experiment about the power of positive thinking? Here’s how it panned out:
- On the days I was able to maintain my new can-do attitude, life was easier, not to mention way more fun.
- My interactions with others were way more positive.
- My writing and teaching were more focused and effective.
- Family life rocked. In a sort of de facto science experiment, Ken and the boys picked up my cheery mood and we had some really great days together.
Now, the caveats:
- I was only able to maintain this super-positive attitude about half of the week.
- I found out that my Chicagoan sense of sarcasm is more deeply ingrained than I’d ever imagined. And making fun of things is not, popular to contrary belief, very helpful to positive thinking.
- I forgot how easy it is to fall into groupthink and start speaking negatively when the people around you are complaining. And boy, am I affected by other people’s yucky moods.
Which reminds me something I read in Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be: You’re the sum of the five people you spend the most amount of time with. And if one of those people is an energy drain, boy, will you feel it. So choose well, dear friend.