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Become a More Positive Thinker Booster

“If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door—or I’ll make a door.  Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”  -Rabindranath Tagore

What Do You Think?

  • What do these quotations mean to you?
  • Do you agree with them?
  • Consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

These quotations speak to our feelings of optimism or pessimism right now. Those who agree are probably more optimistic; those who disagree are looking at the world in a more pessimistic way.

Optimists believe that bad events are temporary, that they are related to the current, specific situation, and that the events are not necessarily their fault.

Pessimists tend to believe that negative events or situations are personal failures, are permanent, and will take over their whole life. Such thoughts may lead to depression and resignation.

How Optimism Leads to Happiness

It seems obvious that pessimists would want to become optimists, doesn’t it? Actually, there are many reasons to choose to look at life in a more optimistic way. Some of them are that optimism:

  • Fights depression
  • Improves health
  • Increases productivity at work
  • Increases likeability
  • Increases life span

40% of our happiness is under our control, and learning to think with optimism and hope is a technique that can help us increase that 40%.

Become a More 

Positive Thinker

 

What Door Opened?

1. Write down an event in
which you felt a door was
closing.

2. Write down at least one
positive thing that resulted
from the event. What door
opened?

3. Next time you feels a door is
closing, challenge yourself to
look for doors opening. If you
can’t find any – make a door
for yourself.

Be Your Own Best FriendSometimes it’s hard to be
objective or optimistic about
our own situation.Imagine that it’s your best
friend in the situation—
not yourself.What would you say to him
or her?

How would you help your
best friend?

Some Points You Might Make:

1. This is a situational/
temporary problem.

2. We can change the situation.

3. Let’s think about the things
we can do to change it.

 

Remember…

Don’t say anything to yourself
that you wouldn’t say to your
best friend.

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