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THIS WEEKS THOUGHT   A Two Year Old called "NO"  - 16th September 2007

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After some research on the BBC website I found that positive thinkers live an average of 7.5 years longer than their negative counterparts. That was the verdict of a long and expensive research study carried out by the University of Yale.

That's more than double the impact of not smoking, exercise and weight loss. Wow!


But what is positive thinking


If it looks like itís going to rain, counting on it not raining is stupid, right?


However, ďGreat the garden needs watering and if it rains it will save me time and water which costs me moneyĒ is probable more like it?


So how are we brought up to be positive thinkers?


The University of Iowa did a study of two year old children. What they did is they followed them around all day counting every positive comment and every negative comment said to the child.


Can you guess what the outcome was?


There was an average of 432 negative to 31 positives comments or a ratio of 14 to 1.

Apparently one kid actual thought his name was "No"

Now being a parent of a two year old I can understand this.

After all Iím just trying to stop my kids killing themselves or destroying our house!

But it doesnít change the fact that as children were indoctrinated to think negatively from birth: 14 negatives to every positive is the average natural base, So if we donít purposefully think positively then we default to negative thinking.


So when Brian Tracy (a 20 million book author) commented (paraphrased) that: ďYour mind is like a garden, itís either full of flowers or weeds, and if you donít deliberately and purposely plant flowers, weeds will grow because they donít need any fertilisersĒ,   For me, for the first time these two bits of information came crashing together.


So Iím off to start planting positive flowers in my brain. That way I'll have a happier more successful life and maybe live a few years longer in the bargain.


Till next week be happy in what you do


David Gardner

 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
More Great CD Programs
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



A Boy called No

Bluebird - A pint of Ale &  water speed record

Visualising an Argument with Alien Bowling

Old Friends lead to New Thoughts

Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,