Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Dance is one of the most natural expressions of emotion that we have as humans, and to try to grade it in terms of “good” or “bad” is to undermine the whole point. Modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham was one of the most talented and famous dancers of the 20th century, and even she knew it didn’t matter if you could dance well — just let go of your inhibition and experience the joy of moving to the music. It’s a lesson that can be applied to all areas of life: Fear of imperfection should never cause us to miss out on life’s wonders.
Writer Alex Haley explored family deeply in his work, namely in his book “Roots,” which was adapted into the 1977 award-winning TV miniseries of the same name. The book depicts Haley’s own ancestors, who were abducted from Gambia and sold into slavery in the American South, and follows that lineage until Haley himself. Often focusing on Black stories and communities in his writing, Haley was adamant that family history is crucial in shaping one’s identity. Though family can be complicated, those ties can tell us plenty about ourselves — and where we want to go from here.
|14 Quotes About the Power of Positivity|
We can change our reality by training our minds toward possibilities, rather than focusing on limitations.
“Positive thinking” may seem like a buzzy modern concept, but the belief that our thoughts can positively impact our well-being is nothing new. In fact, the Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus observed as far back as the first century CE that “it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” In other words, we can free ourselves and change our reality by dreaming big and training our mind toward possibilities, rather than focusing on limitations.
Since antiquity, numerous scholars, leaders, and thinkers have helped to champion the power of positivity in their respective fields. Transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, for instance, is often credited as a forefather of positive thinking. In his writings, he emphasizes the role our perception plays in shaping our reality, and how we must adjust our attitude first in order to change our lot in life. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year,” Emerson wrote in 1904. Decades later, writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie picked up this thread of thinking, touting the social advantages of positivity in his 1936 book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
The benefits of such optimism extend well beyond just a sunnier disposition: According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can actually enact physical changes as well. The power of the mind can lead to a better immune system, an increased life span, better cardiovascular health, and lower levels of stress and tension. These 14 quotes reveal how positive thinking can be a healthy way of approaching the rigmaroles of everyday living.
Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Positive self-talk is to emotional pain as pain pill is to physical pain.
In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
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