I was reading this weekend, the most watched TV programs were MSNBC and CNN Money.
Also looking at NY Times, Financial Post and the Economist reported 35% increase in their paper sales - All with pessimistic news as front page. Let’s take a step back this concludes that fear sells do not be a pessimist. No depression is coming unemployment is 7% and not 40 %, in those times no government programs existed and governments made crucial mistakes by staying on the side lines in the 30's.
Here are some quick tips on how to start seeing the glass half-full:
- Find the good. Even in less-than-great situations, there’s a way to find something positive. It may be hard to see at first, but try looking closer!
- Write it down. First thing in the morning, make a list of everything you’re grateful for and start the day with a positive attitude. Or end the day with a smile and write down a few good things that happened, like finishing a big report at work or getting an e-mail from an old friend. The habit makes it easier to appreciate the positive parts of life.
- Stay Balanced. Life isn’t all good, all the time, so don’t worry if those positive thoughts don’t flow freely. Staying realistic is also important to help manage anxiety and boost productivity.
Our leaders have studied the depression case of the 1930's, it will not be repeated.
The problem is not a recession but the credit issue and lack of faith in our governments, recessions happen and they are healthy for the economy, they remove excess(if any).
In a study of 99 Harvard University students, those who were optimists at age 25 were significantly healthier at ages 45 and 60 than those who were pessimists. Other studies have linked a pessimistic explanatory style with higher rates of infectious disease, poor health, and earlier mortality.
Enjoy your first weekend of 2013!