How To Live Longer, Better, For Free

What if I could tell you how to add years to your life and that it wouldn’t cost you a cent. Would you want to know? I’m not kidding, there is such a quality. It’s called ATTITUDE – positive mental attitude.

The multiple benefits of a positive mental attitude have been the focus of many of history’s greats. William James summed-up most of what we know about attitude when he said, ‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes’.

The good news is that having and maintaining a positive attitude is dead-set simple.

Viktor Frankl came up with his ‘theory’ on the importance of a positive attitude as a result of four years of slave labour in Nazi death camps (his wife and parents died in the Holocaust). After liberation by American troops, Frankl wrote an account of how his camp experience shaped his philosophy and psychotherapy. More than 10 years later, the book was published in America as Man’s Search for Meaning (its original German title was, NeverthelessSay ‘Yes’ to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp). The book has become a classic.

Frankl maintained that, even when a person is stripped of everything – health, dignity, safety, hope for rescue – they’re still left with the capacity to fulfill a yearning for meaning, which naturally implies finding something to feel positive about. The opposite is also true, finding something to feel positive about gives life meaning.

A basic tenet of his therapy (he called it ‘logotherapy’) is that even when we think we have lost all control over our lives, as a prisoner does in the extreme, we can control our attitude toward life. His conclusion and advice? ‘Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time’.

Frankl’s critics found his theory simplistic – more like a pop, feel-good guru than a serious theoretician, they claimed. (Some people, it seems, will never be satisfied.)

If you’d like a free copy of a topic detailing the essential how-to information – ‘How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude’ – just tell me and a copy will be with you, pronto. A positive attitude has many advantages. One of those is that one day when your life flashes before your eyes, what you’ll see will be worth watching.

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