Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Thoughts Challenge

I have been reading Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking. A book that I'd heard about practically all my life - and one I feel I need to read. Many ideas might be outdated - think communism - but the principles are still relevant - don't introduce negative news into conversation.

I read the chapter on happiness today, and was struck by the idea of making happiness a habit. I know it's not a new concept. I've firmly believed for a long time that happiness, like love, is a choice. However, it's not always an easy choice to make. Some of us are more prone to have a negative slant on things. I don't know if it's an innate or a learned behavior, but I know that positive thinking is not my natural way of thinking. Mr. Peale suggests replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Unhappy thoughts with happy ones. Fill your mind so full of happy thoughts that there is no room for the unhappy ones.

They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. For the next 21 days, I will attempt to make a habit of happiness through daily postings on happy thoughts. (I was going to write that this is going to be harder than I think - but then that it'd be negative thinking right off the bat. Norman wouldn't approve). So instead, I'll say, that I hope, and pray, that this habit forming will not only benefit me, but you as well.

I challenge you to join me on this 21 day journey. What happy thoughts are you meditating on today?

1 comment:

  1. I read that book many years ago as a teenager. It's still relevant today!

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