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Staying positive during difficult times

October 1, 2020

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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October 12, 2020

When you like someone, you find all common attributes of that person with yourself. When you find common attitudes, you like that person. This is an endless positive feedback loop.

Same holds good when you do not like a person or behavior.
It creates a negative feedback loop and highlights all the differences.

Be mindful of this loop and break it if you need to. Easier said than done because we like ourselves. We are correct. Anyone who agrees with are right. Anyone who does not agree, does not understand me or he is wrong.

You can guide the mind, and it will guide actions.

Tom Vinetz
October 12, 2020

With the Covid – 19 crisis, “Staying Positive During Difficult Times” is perhaps not the best choice for a subject title, assuming author did not attempt a bit of irony…

Pastor VJ Dominique
October 12, 2020

This blog is right on target for such a time as this. It is so easy to get bogged down in negativity and acrimony and lose sight of the ephemeral nature of time and plunge into feelings of hopelessness, and despair.
Being more mindful, sharing kindness, and practicing gratitude are indeed immediate tangibles to get one out of the funk one finds oneself. I do think one other important practice that would strengthen the above recommendations and amplify the overall results, is the practice of prayer.
Prayer is the ultimate lifeline to the Divine. It takes no special energy and requires no special skill. I believe altogether these will not only help one to stay positive during these turbulent times but will greatly help others as well within one’s sphere of influence.

Akeem Adegbite
October 12, 2020

Excellent post. Very helpful in the times of pandemic , etc .

October 1, 2020

Yes we’re living through a most challenging times in our life. The news about the pandemic, economic woes, political debates are sadness for Americans as well as whole world.
There are tons of ways to live a happy life but that are not are not helpful for everyone.
The simple way that can everyone follow to happy in their life are
1.) Be mindful
2.) Don’t compare anyone’s life, thought or something else
3.) If you didn’t like someone’s thought’s don’t listen to them or don’t argue with them
4.) Help poor people by giving them food, clothes etc
Hopefully this will helps to be happy in your life

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