Did you know each one of us has two dogs inside us? So says Jon Gordon. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic, and hopeful. The other dog is negative, sad, pessimistic, and fearful. These two dogs often fight inside us, but guess who wins the fight?
The dog who wins is the one you feed the most. You have to feed the positive dog inside you and starve the negative dog. The more you feed the positive dog, the more it grows. The more you starve the negative dog, the more it shrinks and weakens. You become to dog you feed.”
Gordon’s words are so true. Research shows the benefits of positivity. Positive people live longer, perform better, are able to make better decisions under pressure, have happier marriages, and are more resilient when facing stress, challenges, and adversity.
Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. You can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time? What’s that again? You can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time. Try it!
Remember: We become the dog we feed. Choose to feed the positive dog inside you.