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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 66. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting

Let me ask you a question: would you classify your thoughts as mainly positive or negative? This goes beyond being labeled as an optimist or pessimist. There are plenty of optimists who outwardly expect and hope for the best, yet internally harbor all kinds of negative thoughts and emotions that directly sabotage their efforts.

It turns out there’s actually scientific evidence to support the idea that positive thinking—being more than just an outward optimist—can improve your health, increase your lifespan, and provide all kinds of other benefits in your life. And—perhaps more importantly—the converse, negative thinking, can have the complete opposite effect. Thinking negatively can actually ...

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