Benefits of Thinking Positively, and How to Do It

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Chances are, you’ve probably had someone tell you to “just be positive” or “to look on the bright side!” And while they may be well-intentioned, as anyone who has ever been blindsided by a breakuptaken care of a sick family member, or has been laid off from work will tell you, that’s often an easier-said-than-done scenario.

But here’s the thing: Being a positive person may have less to do with staying positive all the time and more to do with having a resilient (not to mention realistic) response. “The most helpful definition of being positive is having hope and confidence in one’s ability to handle what’s tough, along with remembering that nothing is all negative all the time,” explains Jo Eckler, PsyD, an Austin-based therapist and author of I Can’t Fix You—Because You’re Not Broken.

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