6 Ramadan 2013: Positivity, reaction or habit?


Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. -Mahatma Gandhi

We have all heard from friends, family and sometimes even strangers, who have told us to ‘stay positive’ during a trial or difficulty. It seems that the advice to ‘be positive’ is mostly a reactive one, i.e. a response to an externality. Today, we heard another point of view that may shift the way we see positivity from a ‘reaction’ to a ‘habit’.

To examine this thought, we analysed what the differences would be based on the high level life-cycle of a trial.

  1. We found that a habit of positivity makes one receive the news or effect of a trial or difficulty in a more peaceful manner making the difficulty seem less in magnitude and effect
  2. We also found that in dealing with a difficulty, a habit of positivity helps one seek answers and solutions quickly as opposed to waiting for positivity to ‘kick-in’
  3. Finally, we found that a habit of positivity ensures that once difficulties are overcome, one learns from the trial, bringing complete closure with a lower probability of reliving it as a negative instance

Granted, these are theoretical assessments and is worth giving it a practical try during this blessed month. Nevertheless, the idea has merit, as Ghandi says,  positive thoughts lead to positive behaviors leading to a more positive destiny … at least, in our own eyes.