It took me a long time to realize the benefits of positive thinking. I had often heard people mention that if you think positive, positive things will happen to you, I used to think they were a bit weird. I now believe they were right and this article explains why.
Growing up through the difficult teenage years and into my early twenties, I felt very sorry for myself. I used to think I was the unluckiest person in the world. I had a bald patch the size of a ten pence piece on my head, a speech impediment(stutter), I was overweight to the point of being fat, and was short for a male(5ft4).
I believed that I received more mickey taking out of me than anyone else, and life was certainly a struggle. To meet members of the opposite sex when you have a lack of confidence and a speech impediment is not easy. To gain work, order drinks, socialize in general, these were all difficult for me. Everyone else seemingly breezed and eased there way through life.
One day I was at work and a colleague of mine who was about thirty years older than me commented that I was a very depressive person. I disagreed with him and was quite shocked, I believed that most people worried and stressed about things. He went on by stating that I was always negative about most things in life, always moaning about this or that and very rarely smiled. He went on to say that he had used to be like me, always depressed, moody and stressed until he was given some advice when he was aged thirty. He then proceeded to give me the same advice.
When you feel down, depressed and sorry for yourself, watch the news and read the newspapers and you will see that there are many people worse off than you and that you are actually one of the lucky ones.
I thought about this and started to follow what he had said. I now realize how stupid I had been. To be born and live in the UK, I am one of the lucky ones.