The Past Is a Foreign Country by David LowenthalIn this remarkably wide-ranging book Professor Lowenthal analyses the ever-changing role of the past in shaping our lives. A heritage at once nurturing and burdensome, the past allows us to make sense of the present whilst imposing powerful constraints upon the way that present develops. Some aspects of the past are celebrated, others expunged, as each generation reshapes its legacy in line with current needs. Drawing on all the arts, the humanities and the social sciences, the author uses sources as diverse as science fiction and psychoanalysis to examine how rebellion against inherited tradition has given rise to the modern cult of preservation and pervasive nostalgia. Profusely illustrated, The Past is a Foreign Country shows that although the past has ceased to be a sanction for inherited power or privilege, as a focus of personal and national identity and as a bulwark against massive and distressing change it remains as potent a force as ever in human affairs.
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Last Updated on January 2, It means that you can recognize that struggle and pain are not the only things out there, even if they are the only things you can see at the time. Positivity means you see the best in other people, even if you have to really search for it. Even with pain and sorrow, being positive means that you can always find the good, and you are able to focus your energy on that. However, staying positive in life and at work is easier said than done. It is a conscious decision that you have to make on a daily basis.
But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders. You can define positive thinking as positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous concepts. How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day? This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced.
I am constantly striving to see the positive in every aspect of my life. My dog is currently suffering from a disease from which she will never recover. My mind is still trying to adjust to my relatively new schedule of running Positively Present full time.
To be more positive, try to set aside some time every day to do activities that make you happy and reduce stress, like listening to your favorite music, reading a good book, or spending time with your friends and family. Also, whenever you catch yourself feeling down or getting worked up over something insignificant, try to redirect your attention toward something important in your life that makes you happy. Eventually, you'll train yourself to have a positive outlook and not sweat the small stuff! To learn how to avoid negative influences in your life that might bring you down, keep reading! Categories: Optimism Psychological Resilience. How to Be Positive. There are 78 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.