The idea that positive thinking has the power to change our lives for the better has its roots right here in Ohio (see our previous post). Norman Vincent Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio, and raised in Bellefontaine. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University before attending the Boston University School of Theology. Ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, a decade later he affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and served as pastor of Manhattan's Marble Collegiate Church for the next 52 years, becoming one of the most renowned preachers of his generation.
We tend to get what we expect, Reverend Peale said. If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
So, if you wish to improve your attitude, learn to focus on the positive:
- Count your blessings by recording happy moments and positive events in a daily journal. When you're feeling blue, your journal will remind you of all you have to be thankful for.
- Make time for yourself. Spend at least 10 minutes a day meditating or praying, and try to spend some time outdoors every day. Nature has the power to renew the spirit.
- Take initiative and push yourself outside your comfort zone. Putting extra effort into something that is meaningful to you will make you feel powerful, boost your self esteem, and give you the confidence to change your life.
As the reverend said, Change your thoughts and you change your world.
At Kendal, we emphasize the positive and focus on individual respect and personal dignity. We believe that potential doesn't diminish with age; it grows. To find out more about the Quaker values that form the foundation for Kendal at Oberlin, Kendal at Home and our Senior Independence program, click here to download our 10 Ideals of Quaker Service for Older Adults.