In one of his research papers Dr. John Gottman wrote, “Excess negativity leads to a distorted perception that can affect the past, present and future of a relationship.”
He was referring to the relationship of marriage but it’s a strong statement that can also be applied to the writing life. Negativity drags us down, smothers creativity with a wet blanket of futility and convinces us that we’re never going to get anywhere.
That there is power in positive thinking may seem like a simplistic message but so is the story of The Little Engine That Could. Only if we make the effort will we discover if there is merit in trying.
What do you think? Can you take control of a negative mood and talk your way out of a slump?