Positive Attitude & Optimism

I was reading this article by J. Lopper who writes about self growth and development, he says:
 
Positive psychology studies indicate a positive attitude, along with an optimistic outlook and positive thinking, can bring better health and greater happiness

Positive attitude, positive thinking, and optimism are now known to be a root cause of many positive life benefits—the good life and well being. You’ll live longer and be healthier and happier with a positive attitude toward life. In addition, you’re more likely to be successful. Learn to use the power of thinking positive, adopting positive attitudes, and affirmations to gain important life benefits.

What is Attitude?

Attitude is a mental position relative to a way of thinking or being; a leaning toward that which you believe. A positive attitude is, therefore, the inclination to generally be in an optimistic, hopeful state of mind.

The Power of Positive Thinking

A positive attitude and optimistic thinking early in life predict health and well being in later years. Analysis of 99 Harvard graduates found a strong correlation between their optimistic thinking as college students and good health at age 40 and above.

In his ground-breaking book, A Primer in Positive Psychology, Christopher Petersen, PhD, says, “…optimism has demonstrable benefits, and pessimism has drawbacks.” He goes on to say, “…optimism…has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to perseverance and effective problem solving; to academic, athletic, military, occupational, and political success; to popularity; to good health; and even to long life and freedom from trauma.”

Even if you have been a pessimistic, negative thinker for many years, it’s not too late to change your way of thinking and reap the benefits of a positive attitude.

Characteristics of a Positive Attitude and Optimism

Optimists believe they are accountable for good things and that good things will generally come their way. If something bad comes instead, optimists tend to write it off as an isolated incident, an anomaly, or something out of their control; optimists believe things will be better in the future.

okay lets stop here for a bit.  Interesting right!?

 

BUT YOU HAVE IT ALREADY IN THE BEAUTIFUL RELIGION YOU LOVE SO MUCH !

The Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) said that Allaah said:

أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي إِنْ ظَنَّ بِي خَيْرًا فَلَهُ وَإِنْ ظَنَّ شَرًّا فَلَه

“I am as My slave thinks of me:  If he thinks good [positively] of Me: then for him is good, and if he thinks bad: then it is for him.”    [saheeh al-jaam’i]

This is how the Muslim thinks.
 
Positive attitude, positive thinking & optimism are a hallmark of Islam. 
 
And of course a main ingredient in the recipe of a tranquil life.
Abu Huraira said about Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam): “He used to love optimism.”  [saheeha: 860]
 
SubhanaAllaah why shouldnt one have positive thoughts and optimism in a Lord who says:
 
“Allah will bring about after hardship, ease.”   [suratu-Talaq: 7]
 
And He says:  “Allaah wants ease for you, and He doe’snt want hardship for you… “   [al-Baqarah: 185] 
 
And He says: “For indeed, with hardship there is relief.  Verily, with the hardship, there is relief.” [sharh: 5-6]
 
 
This is a promise from Allaah.
 
 
And know that success through optimism and being positive is guaranteed for those who keep their duty [by being as pious as they can], 
wallaahi these are some of the most uplifting verses:
 
“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). 
And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.
And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him.”  
[suratu-Talaq: 2-3]  
 
Keep your duty to Allaah as much as you can, and sleep and wake up having positive attitude and optimism in the good things you want to accomplish -worldly or religious- and you shall see the results.
Try it.
I have.
That’s why I wanted to benefit / remind you.
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One comment on “Positive Attitude & Optimism
  1. Ali says:

    jazakum allahu khairan
    Wallahi these are all known by us, but most of the time, sheitan makes us forget. Inshallah Allah rewards your effort bringing all these things into out attention. Inshallah we are waiting for more lectures from you and also waiting for the Arabic class.
    Esselamu Aleykum Rahmetullahu ve Barakatu

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