Maybe Being a “Pollyanna” is a Good Thing!

What are you truly and genuinely thankful for?  A couple of days a go I was listening to a book on my iPhone on the Audible app called 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. He told a story about reading, Pollyanna, the best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter, to his daughter. As he told the story, I realized how profound the message of a book written in 1913 was and how quickly the culture turns something beneficial into something negative. Being able to remain positive in stressful situations is not something to laugh at or minimize but something more people need to learn. And the truth is, what we are learning about the brain recently, tells us that people who are happy and able to focus on the good in their lives are more resilient.  We also know that stress inhibits creative thinking and the more stress we feel the more our brains prevent us from having the thinking resources to find good solutions to difficult problems.  I don’t know about you, but I think I need to reread this profound story and continue learning the skills of playing the “Glad Game.”

Blessing, Peace, Joy, Hope and Laughter,

“Jolly” John