The Power of Positive Thinking

The idea that how we think can change the way people around us react is nothing new.

Most of us realize that when we are losing our minds in a long, slow line at the grocery store, fussing about it to the next person seems to make the line go slower.

But, when we pick up a silly magazine and get enthralled in the latest antics of who did what, where, and to whom (don’t tell me you never look at those!), then right when you get to the good part, it’s suddenly our turn to load up our groceries on the conveyor belt.

I recently read about a fascinating study that happened a while back.

A fellow named Dr. Masaru Emoto did a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on water’s crystalline structure.

Here’s how it went: He put the same kind of water in two different jars. One jar was labeled “LOVE;” the other jar was labeled “HATE.”

Then, he froze the water, and hired photographers to photograph the water in the separate jars so he could compare their crystal formations.

Guess what he found?

The crystals formed in the water marked “LOVE” were beautiful and symmetrical. The ones formed in the water marked “HATE” were malformed, irregular and ugly.

He repeated the experiments, altering them slightly. Sometimes, he compared the water crystals before and after prayers were said over the jars.

Other times, he would write out phrases and tape them to the jars, such as “You make me sick” or “Thank you.” The positive phrases always produced the pretty crystals. The negative phrases produced ugly crystals.

There’s lots of ways to interpret this information. But the wacky thing that hit me is that the average human body consists of more than 60 percent water.


I began to wonder how do negative and positive labels affect a human on a Cellular level.

We know it feels bad when our spouses are short with us.

Or, when our 4-year old says, “Daddy’s my best friend. Not you!”

Or, when our patients say, “Why did you give me this medication if it wasn’t going to work?”

We believe comments like these bring us down a bit because our armor was down and we took a little jab.

But, what if it’s more than that?

What if the painful feelings live in our cells and affect our thoughts and actions?

Kind of scary, huh?

Instead of being a victim of negativity and spreading cell-deep pain like it’s a virus, I decided to take positive action to change it.

I made a conscious choice to focus on the positive things around me, rather than dwell on the negative.

Life coach and author Martha Beck says, “Live it to give it.”

If we want to be beautiful inside (and out), we need to be diligent of our thoughts and the messages we send out. And, we must be just as mindful of the thoughts and messages that we take in.

It all begins with how we think. Author and motivational speaker Brian Tracy said it best: “You become what you think about most of the time.”

Doesn’t it follow then, that if we focus on the good that’s around us, we will become catalysts of positive thinking?

I believe it’s worth a try.

CATEGORIES: Blog on February 17, 2014 by Starla Fitch, M.D.

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