Friday, March 23, 2007

Positive Thinking

At least three days a week, I spend fifteen minutes reading quotations from people I respect or I seek out new quotes. Some make me laugh. I find others, like these on hope, uplifting. Over time, I've developed a wonderful list, a few of which I'd like to share.

In his book Human Options, Norman Cousins, former editor of Saturday Review who survived two life-threatening illnesses by behaving and thinking outside-the-box, writes, "The will to live is a window on the future. It opens the individual to such help as the outside world has to offer, and it connects that help to the body's own capability for fighting disease. It enables the body to make the most of itself. It is not a theoretical abstraction but a physiologic reality with therapeutic characteristics."

Bernard Lown, M.D., winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine, writes, "Faith and optimism have life-giving qualities. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, 'For some patients, though conscious that their position is perilous, recover their health simply through their contentment with the physician.' That comes from trust, which a doctor promotes by conveying optimism. Certainly promoting optimism is critical to good doctoring and is a significant aspect of the art of healing..."

And finally, I found this anonymous quote from, "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results."

P.S. The graphic is from The Library of Congress.

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