09 Mar The Positive Outcomes of Negative Thoughts
Have you ever heard people say, “I can’t deal with negative energy in my life?” Has anyone ever suggested that you should try to be more positive about a situation? Do you enjoy posting these types of positive affirmations (see below)? Or are you obsessively saying things like “love and light” “blessings,” or dropping a potentially culturally-appropriated “Namaste” in all of your sentences to ward off the evil negativity at bay and radiate all the positive light and energy that is helping and healing the world?
Positive, negative. These words are thrown around often in today’s society, particularly in social media circles. What do these words mean? And have their concepts been greatly misunderstood? Let us analyse these words and understand their meanings for a better understanding.
With regards to the attitudes and behaviours of people, the definition of being positive means to be optimistic. The definition of being optimistic is being hopeful and confident.
Often people are labelled as negative because of their perceived attitudes and outlooks. We should not misconstrue that when someone is in disagreement with or challenging the status quo, they are being a negative person. It may well indeed be that this individual that you are calling negative is trying to change circumstances or contest the current system and indeed our views. This shows a person who is in fact hopeful in their intent to create a better world. Surely this indicates someone who is a positive person?
Despite what most people think, being positive has nothing to do with the egotistic pretence of being happy. Likewise being negative has nothing to do with a lack of joviality or enthusiasm. Sadness and happiness are unrelated to positivity and negativity.
We should rather use more accurate words to describe supposedly “negative” people and feelings. I have provided five that I feel are most useful;
–Cynical: the belief that people are motivated by self interest and lack integrity.
–Sceptical: not being easily convinced or impressed.
–Argumentative: when a person does not agree with you and uses systematic reasoning to prove their points.
–Disillusioned: experiencing disappointment from discovering that something is not as good as previously believed.
–Jaded: feeling unenthusiastic after having experienced too much of something.
If you really think about it, these are exceptional qualities for a person to have. They show maturity and intelligence both mentally and emotionally. It means that they can see beyond facades and truly seek betterment.
So in actuality many attitudes and outlooks are in no ways negative, as many assume. Many of those who are labelled as miserable, old negative Nancy’s are indeed highly cynical, incredibly sceptical, intensely argumentative, largely disillusioned, overwhelmingly jaded and wonderfully positive.
In my opinion there are far too few of them around. It is thinkers who challenge, argue and indeed fight current norms who make the greatest impact on this world and the future.