Definitions: (1) indicating acceptance, approval, or affirmation <She received a positive response.>; (2) the best of a kind; good; ideal; favorable <He was a positive role model to the class.>; (3) marked by optimism <We enjoyed their refreshing positive point of view.>; (4) existing in fact or by the presence of something and not by its absence; real; (5) beyond all doubt or qualification; undeniable; sure; uncontestable <He offered positive proof.>; (6) confident; fully assured; firmly convinced; decided; <The witness gave a positive identification.>; (7) resolute; in agreement; affirmative; certain <Her answer was a positive “yes.”>; (8) building progressive growth <We made positive, practical improvement.>; (9) making a definite contribution; constructive <He took the positive approach and the results were evident.>; (10) explicitly laid down; direct; precise; specific <The engineer knew he had to take a positive line.>; (11) independent of changes, circumstances, opinion, or taste; inherent <as is objective reality>
One positive statement of good is more powerful than 1,000 negative thoughts; and two positive statements of good are more powerful than 10,000 negative thoughts — Catherine Ponder (1927 – ) The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. — Valen E. Cover (1983 – ) Poly-cystic kidney disease survivor
Consideration: A study reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ties pessimism to poor health. In 1946, Harvard graduates were asked a series of questions designed to reflect their natural outlook when confronted with bad situations. Their health was studied for the next thirty-five years. By matching results from the earlier questions with actual health outcomes, researchers found those who viewed bad events in a relatively positive light tended to have substantially less illness than those who were less than positive.