Articles with in-text jump links:
- 9 Core Behaviors of People Who Positively Impact the World – Kathy Caprino at Forbes
- Killing The Negativity In Your Life And Proven Ways To Be Happy – Noam Lightstone at Light Way of Thinking
Article one: 9 Core Behaviors of People Who Positively Impact the World – Kathy Caprino at Forbes (article link; printable link)
Summary: Nine behaviors of those who have a positive influence on the world.
Thing I liked most: Dedication to a purpose.
- This ties into my recent post/booklet on James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh work. James Allen believed if you have mostly aimless thoughts, you didn’t get what you wanted in life. I see it as you gain what you wanted from the aimlessness, momentary pleasures and tiny rewards. But you want something big out of life, you have to think big thoughts and spend a lot of time on them and the work involved.
Thing I have a different take on: Extroversion is necessary.
- I don’t believe you have to be an extrovert to impact the world. Extroverts derive energy and happiness from many interactions with other people. Introverts from more alone time. In a way, these are simply “charging station” labels. I think instead of using a label, we need to consider what we are thinking and doing (for others and ourselves) while interacting with people. In other words, we need to consider the quality of our interactions over how much we do and how comfortable we are doing it.
Article two: Killing The Negativity In Your Life And Proven Ways To Be Happy – Noam Lightstone at Light Way of Thinking (article link)
Summary: Keep the garbage from going into your mind; put in positive material instead through several easy methods.
Thing I liked most: The great analogy of Garbage In, Garbage Out.
- This ties into my recent post/booklet on James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh work. James Allen believed that the mind was like a garden. If you don’t put in what you want to reap, then “weeds” will take over, and *that* is will be your crop. Not the good things, but whatever happenstance throws in there. So in James Allen’s mind, if we aren’t controlling the input, we’re letting in all the garbage and that’s what we are getting out of it too.
Thing I have a different take on: Not much.
- I agree with a lot of the advice on this post. For instance, Noam Lightstone writes about limiting the amount of news you watch a day. News is sensational and negative, because that is what draws us in the easiest; it touches on our fears and our desire to be in the know so we can prepare for bad things that happen in life. Think about it. If the main news you watch is negative, you begin to see the world as a negative place. If you fill your news quota with more positive messages and success stories, then you see the world as a more hopeful place. This is taking the point to extremes, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes of our minds that we don’t notice, and it’s better to replace those subconscious processes with positive ones.