“Positive emotions generate positive feelings which attract positive events into our lives.” That seems like common sense but, is it really that easy to avoid negative emotions? Probably not, that’s why the gurus recommend you practice thinking about positive emotions and avoiding the negative ones.
The positive emotions are desire, faith, love, sex, enthusiasm, romance and hope, but you have to be practical about these too. You can’t desire your neighbour’s husband or wife and think that’s a positive emotion, it’s not and it never will be. The desire must be attached to a goal you want to achieve, such as the ones I outlined in the post, goals everybody wants to achieve. The same rules apply to the rest of the positive emotions.
But what are the emotions you are meant to avoid creating; the negative emotions are fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, superstition and anger. I’m just going to look at superstition in this case; no matter how many magpies you see, they will have no influence over your life, they are stories made up to frighten children by people who had nothing better to do with their time. The rest of the superstitions have similar origins, and have as little control over your life. You are the only person who can control your life and your future.
There’s a common denominator with all the negative emotions, somebody else is needed in order for them to exist, and I count you as one of those people. Let me explain using the following metaphor: A river is called the same name from start to finish, just as you are, but as you go from the head of a river down to where it enters the sea, it does not look anything like it did at the beginning. You are the same, your experiences change you as you grow, it’s up to you whether the changes are positive or negative.
You can’t call yourself a positive person if you have negative emotions about yourself or other people. Positive people follow this simple piece of advice. “Live and let live.”