Positive Thinking The 5 to 1 rule

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Herm Albright

This post was written in 2007 and still holds true today. I would like to give you an update on my negative daughter. She now is 24 has given me two beautiful grandchildren has a husband who is a good man and they love God. She has a kind loving heart and spirit and is loved by many. She is a happy person and I have to tell you how proud of her I am. That year after having surgery on my cervical spine she would take me for short walks and we would have discussions on being positive, each day we would go a bit further on our walks and our talks would continue. I treasure those moments and hoped they would made a difference. Today if you would ask her what the five to one rule is she would tell you. I am sure it did make a difference; now I have one more teenager at home to practice on!  🙂

Do positive people occasionally annoy you? Do you ever wish you were one of those people? When asking my seventeen year old daughter if the eternal happy bubbly positive people bother her she answered only when I am in a pessimistic mood.  This in my opinion is a wonderful answer as she has grown from being a pessimistic person to a more positive and happier young adult. I have to admit I have experimented and tried a few of my theories with my children particularly my daughter with her negative thinking.

I knew it was working when one evening she was having a discussion with a friend at the kitchen table and was repeating an exercise I gave her on positive thinking. After I picked myself off the floor I congratulated her on her progress. She was pleased with the changes made as a result of what I call it the five to one rule.

The five to one rule consists of training your mind for every five negative thoughts come up with one positive. Now that doesn’t mean you have to count them each time. It does mean you are becoming aware of your thinking patterns. This makes you concentrate on finding positive things and you hopefully begin the way to more positive thoughts. You will begin to think “I have had more than five, start to find something good.” I know for a fact this works as I have used it in groups as well.

For today I challenge you to become one of those eternally happy people. Make a conscious decision just for today to smile at everyone. People will wonder what got into you but it is also contagious. Recognize the reaction of those around you. If you are the positive person celebrate this and pass this site along to someone who can benefit from it or just lead by example and explain the five to one rule.

Have a blessed day!

Susie Austin


~ by coachsusie on September 25, 2014.

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