Thursday, December 8, 2011

Question of the Day #1,138

I'm reading a book called Change the Way You See Everything. It focuses on Asset-Based Thinking versus Deficit-Based Thinking, which is exactly what it sounds like. Focusing on your attributes, skills and accomplishments versus focusing on what you don't have or what you're not getting.

Sounds like positive thinking, but what's different about it is that it's active. It's not just about thinking positively. It's about focusing on what positive actions you can take to improve your quality of life.

The book quotes a Mayo Clinic study which reported that people who expect misfortune and see the negative side of life (the Deficit-Based Thinkers), don't live as long as Asset-Based Thinkers. In addition, the Asset-Based Thinkers had fewer problems at work and in other daily activities, less pain and fewer emotional problems and increased energy.

As I read this, I thought about my question for today and how I could relate my reading to this blog.

"They already know this," I thought. Meaning that the blogging community, for the most part (at least the bloggers who visit QOTD), are constantly focusing on what they have - not on what they don't have.

You post about gratitude, accomplishments, goals, family, love, things you're looking forward to and lessons you've learned. You cheer other bloggers on. And you rarely complain.

You're a pretty amazing crowd.

What else have you noticed about bloggers?



  1. Maybe it's just the blogs I read, but I've noticed that a LOT of bloggers have a great sense of humor. I find something that makes me laugh almost every day.

  2. Overall, they're a pretty friendly bunch! : )

  3. It seems most of the bloggers I read are very generous with their time and are often willing to give of themselves personally, not just pay lip-service.

  4. I agree with Little Miss Sunshine State - the bloggers I know have a great sense of humor!

  5. My Lakota mother once winked at me and said, "The half is neither half full or half empty. It's just too darn big!" It's all in your perspective. LOL. Roland

  6. They throw wicked awesome Thanksgiving Day Parties! Cheers!

  7. This is exactly the reason I love blogging so much. I always find a whole lot of positive attitude around here.

  8. Bloggers seem a lot more positive than those on Facebook. I realize most of us are on both, but the general "feeling" on blogs is usually a lot more positive (and less political).

  9. Bloggers are so unique! Everyone is different, has their own cool little story to share. And agreed - a lot more positive than you find in other places! I may have the occasional upsetting post, maybe there is something bad going on, but I try to keep cheerful too!


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