Thursday, August 9, 2012

Are you being too positive?

The New York times recently ran a great thought provoking article called The Positive Power of Negative Thinking, which I noticed thanks to Dan Millman's sharing it on Facebook. I found many of the article's key points very consistent with my experience and findings on my journey, some of which I've tried to share via previous articles on this blog (ideas such as "goal setting is not always a good thing" or "a healthy person is angry 10% of waking hours, sad 10% of waking hours and generally happy/satisfied the rest of the time"). The article also challenges the effectiveness of affirmations, which is something that I intend to write about soon as well (for the record, I am not a big fan of positive affirmations because they "treat" the surface - I much more prefer a method such as Dynamind, which I've also written about, because it goes deeper towards the roots). But the thing I like most about the article is that it encourages us to see things not positively (or negatively), but to see them as they really are. And that's what I believe should be one of the main goals of the "journey towards happiness".