Accentuate the Positive

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Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.


By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, May 19, 2010

We as adults spend a lot of time ruminating about the problems in our lives hoping that we'll be able to find a solution to them and there's certainly a time and place for that as individuals and as a nation. I'm pleased to see the number of people turning out for tea parties, and whatever political persuasion, turning out and actually doing a little bit of that national introspection that we need to be doing to identify where our problems are. But I think if we don't balance that with a little bit of focus on the positive then we're going to find ourselves in a pretty bad place, a place that doesn't have as much joy in it as we should have.

I would encourage you to think about your week. Just kind of think about the sort of thoughts that have gone through your head and consider how many of them would fall on the negative side of the balance sheet and how many would fall on the positive side.

Even though I'm a radio host and encourage people to listen to talk radio and I think it's a wonderful medium to stay informed and connected to your community and the world around you, if you're not careful, listening to too much talk radio, clicking up too many websites, watching too much news and reading too many magazines along those lines can kind of tip the balance sheet in a negative direction only because there's not enough positivity out there in those environments.

I can remember as a kid, being told I was supposed to take off my glasses and look around the room for a couple of minutes every hour and just let my eyes relax. Also, for those without glasses, you're supposed to take a couple minutes every hour and look in the distance. Look out a window, or off in the distance at something that has a further point of reference that's not in the immediate room that you're in. Maybe go outside for a walk and focus on things on the horizon far away and that will improve your eyesight.

In today's modern society as we become a more indoor group of folks, we are focusing less on things far away and that has contributed in part to our lack of good eyesight. Let me suggest that the same kind of advice to take five minutes out of every hour and look at something far away would also work if you took five minutes of every hour and assessed what's in your head right now, what you are thinking about and stressing out over, what you are working on or worried about. Then find a way to interject a few minutes out of every hour some positive thoughts. Some of us do it with thoughts from the Bible. I've found the Bible to be a very uplifting source of positivity. I realize not everyone has that interest, but there are other places you can find it. There are lots of positive websites on the internet that you can log onto that have funny and positive things on them.

Everybody's going to have something different that helps them, so find your thing and figure out a way to interject it on an hourly basis in order to allow you a slight shift of focus. It will help your adrenal glands, your “fight or flight” mechanism which can get so keyed up with stress, and it will relax you. Some people take their break by snacking and find they are piling on the pounds. So, rather than snacking on food, take a “mental snack” and think about some of the positive things that you enjoy. You'll feel better and be a happier, more pleasant and productive person for yourself and the people around you.

This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission.  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at Katherine’s website is: