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Positive Thinking is one of those rare apps
that just says what it is (and doesn’t have a silly
name like “posothinkify”).
If you’re anything like me, your mobile is filled
with sad news stories, reports of bad weather,
and the psycho-sexually charged messages of
a person you, at some point, passed out and
exchanged phone numbers with. But once you
install this app you will counteract the creeping
digital darkness of your pocket companion with
a bunch of quotes, lessons and guides telling
you to think nice thoughts.
If you really want to fully untap the app’s
power, spring for the 99c “Positive Alarm” – you
can guess what it does but you cannot imagine
how frustratingly happy it will make your life. It
has taught me the habit of tearing my hair out
and eating it, and I feel divine!
POSITIVE THINKING –
THE KEY TO HAPPINESS
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Staring at the sun
Is positive thinking the answer to everything? I think: yes.
BY GIRARD DORNEY
YOU ARE A BADASS
AT MAKING MONEY:
MASTER THE MINDSET
BY JEN SINCERO HACHETTE
AUSTRALIA, 2017 $30
Do you think that the universe
hasn’t got your back? Are
you the sort of person who
would feel ridiculous adopting the daily mantra:
“I love money and am grateful every day that it’s
surrounding me with its glorious goodness”?
Then this book is for you, because you aren’t yet
a monied badass (and are probably broke).
Jen Sincero’s tome is so full of excellent advice
and thrilling calls to think positively that I can
scarcely pick the best chapter – it’s all so great. But
perhaps the keenly smart “A nd now, a word from
my accountant...” deserves a special mention.
In it Sincero devotes some space to explaining
exactly “how so many broke people act”. It turns
out we, the broke people, would “rather limp
around taped to our ratty, u nhealthy relationships
with money”. Why? Because “we don’t want
to feel the stress involved with managing large
amounts of money, so we remain broke and are
constantly stressed about money”. Have truer
words ever been spoken?
And, for dweebs who needs evidence, the book
is stuffed with factual tales from folks like A nita.
You see, Anita figured she needed $75,000
to pay off her debts and achieve her d ream of
quitting her job and starting anew. To attain this
goal she focused on the number 75, thinking about
it constantly and writing it down everywhere. But
she began to become dismayed when, bizarrely,
it didn’t seem to be working. Then one day she
remembered about an old stock option she was
gifted. It used to be worth $200 but, she reasoned,
perhaps it was worth more now? It was – exactly
$75,000. “Pardon the crudeness,” she says, “but
THIS SHIT WORKS!”
Brilliant. In case you missed the lesson: all she
had to do was focus on “75” and have no idea
what was in her stock portfolio, and the universe –
very slowly – reminded her to check her portfolio.
Now that ’s advice we can all use!
My only criticism is: how can one hope to attain
the wisdom Sincero comes by so easily? “I don’t
care how insane or hopeless your situation appears
to you right now, because it’s not the truth...
There’s an entirely different and sunny reality out
there waiting for you.” If only all the desolate and
literally starving-to-death people of the world
could read that – if only they could all read!
If there were a religion that combined the ideas
that capitalism was generous and self-interest
beautiful, with what a six-year-old Wal-Mart heir
thinks God is like, this would be its Bible.
I cannot recommend it enough.
BY GABRIELE OETTINGEN
CURRENT, 2014 $24
Psychology professor Gabriele
Oettingen offers an antidote to
common beliefs about positive
thinking, goals, desires and the human mind. Some
of the information she shares will be familiar to
those who read avidly in these fields, but much
of it will be new, especially to the average reader.
getAbstract recommends her research on positivity
to anyone who’s trying to reach a goal and everyone
interested in the workings of the human mind.
BRIGHT-SIDED: HOW THE
OF POSITIVE THINKING HAS
BY BARBARA EHRENREICH
Barbara Ehrenreich explores the
origins of American optimism and reveals the
cracks beneath its happy façade. The problem,
she explains, is that staying positive regardless of
your situation turns into self-delusion. Unchecked
optimism can be dangerous, as illustrated by
the financial meltdown of 2008. Delve into the
negative side of positive thinking. •••
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