I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and took some time to reflect on all of the things in life that you are grateful for. I know I certainly did, and I also took the time to eat more than my weight in desserts like pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin roll and cookies...probably not the best idea, but I certainly enjoyed it.
After a long drive back to my apartment, I unpacked and decided to make the most of my last few hours of this holiday break by taking out one of the books I've been reading on and off for the past few weeks. Normally I reserve reading for pleasure for times when I can really concentrate on the information in the book, but I've been so anxious to read that I've started this book despite having to put it on hold through several interruptions thus far. I'm reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I'm intrigued by the information presented so far.
As you know, I love reading books on happiness and positivity, but I started reading this from a business standpoint, not so much from an optimist standpoint. Or so I thought. But as things tend to pan out, the idea of positive thinking has once again found its way into my life. As I read through a particular part in the book, I was pleasantly surprised by the quoted words of a man who was interviewed for the book. Among other powerful words, he said, "Because you know what, the power of positive thinking will overcome so many things." Those words seemed to jump out from the page, bolded and intensified as if to stress their already coincidental appearance.
Then, just a few pages later, I read about a study from another book called Emotional Contagion (and without getting too much into detail here) reveals that emotion is contagious. Gladwell then went on to use an example of smiles, saying that one person can pass their happiness on to another through this idea of contagious emotion. He could have picked any emotion or action, like yawning for instance...we all know yawning is contagious, so this would be a perfect example of this idea! But no, he chose smiles. So there I was, reading this book through the eyes of a businessperson, and suddenly found myself thinking about Optimal Optimist. It was such a great thing to have stumbled upon, and even though there was no one else around, my smile was big enough to be contagious to anyone within a 10 mile radius. Have no doubt that those page ends are folded in, marking that spot for future reference and inspiration.
So in honor of this new find, I wanted to share with you a quote that follows this "coincidence" quite closely...
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. -John BarrymoreSo I guess it really shouldn't have been such a surprise that these ideas of optimism and positivity find their way into my life (and into my books!). Instead, I now believe that by keeping this blog and by making optimism a way of life, I've opened the door for many other great things to have a place in my life. It's certainly a benefit of finding happiness!
Have you found that doing the things you love opens more doors for more opportunities in life?
P.S. As you can see, I've changed my template! I wanted to change things up a bit to give the posts a cleaner look and allow the focus to be only on the words - don't want anything to distract us from our positive thoughts! What do you think? Do you like it...or dislike it? I welcome your feedback :)