MEDITATION MIND BODY SPIRITUALITY

How Positive Psychology Helps You Win!

Author: Jeffrey Ordonez

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." - Philippians 4:8

The Bible was right, new research shows.

Positive thought and optimism can pay handsome dividends. Pessimism on the other hand has the opposite effect. Research shows that pessimism plays a role in psychological disorders like extreme shyness and depression.

God not only endowed you with the highest optimistic traits of personality but He expects you to employ those traits. Fortunately, a study conducted by Michael F. Scheier, a psychologist at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh confirms the biblical principle of being positive.

His research shows that optimism helps people handle stress better versus pessimism. In a report issued by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Scheier explains that optimist people respond to disappointments by formulating plans to succeed and asking others for help and advice.

Pessimists on the other hand tend react to challenges by burying the memory or assuming that change can't happen - an attitude optimists adopt only after all options have been exhausted. Even after defeat, most optimists look at the unconquered challenge in a positive light.

In one of the more hotly debated pursuits of investigation, psychologists are tracking the importance self talk - the inner conversation of a human being. So far it's been observed that people have an embedded explanatory system.

According to Dr. Seligman, pessimists are more likely to construe bad events, or failure of any type, as a result of a personal deficit. The psychology relentlessly plagues the mind of pessimists. Optimists see setbacks due to many circumstances, some out their control, while others may be mistakes which can be remedied. Optimists feel they can make changes in order to change a result.

Most people mix a pessimistic and an optimistic outlook to some degree. The new research findings apply most strongly to those people at the extremes, who most clearly exemplify one style or the other.

A Positive-Thinking Journey Through The Bible

The fountain of wisdom (the Bible) has instructed men and women for millennium and this topic is no different.

It begins with this verse:

"He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction." - Proverbs 13:3

In other words, the person who doesn't control his or her mind and speech is damaged, and maybe beyond repair.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21

Those who control power of the mind and speech can enjoy a good and prosperous life.

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man." - Matthew 15:18-20

If any type of negativity influences the inner conversation of a human being, it can "defile" or corrupt a person's wholesome state. What's interesting about this article is that the words "false witness" is used. This term represents lies anyone portrays about someone else, but metaphorically speaking it can represent the false psychology that twists and bends the mind into pessimism.

And finally there is these two:

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." - Colossians 3:2

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." - Philippians 4:8

Science has been led to a truth. The truth that positive thinking promotes mental health while establishing a more successful life has been professed by the Scriptures for thousands of years. It's only recently that a flood of scientific information is making its way in the public view, and we're so happy we can analyze and scrutinize it with the Bible.

It's time to take your Christian meditation practice to the next level. Start with the Bible. Meditate on your favorite positive verse and make them your own until your thought is influenced.

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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