97: Positive Thinking

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Dear friends, 

In our next conversation class, we will share our information and experiences with regard to positive thinking. This topic is somehow psychological and if taken seriously can help you tremendously to make positive changes to your life. The main area of focus in our upcoming discussion is all about the techniques that can help us to learn and practice positive thinking as a learnable skill.

So please positively think about this useful assignment before the class.

Thank you.


Please watch this video clip on Positive Thinking and try to answer the following questions:

1.  Discuss some techniques that can help you to become more positive thinkers. 
2.  What do healthy and successful people think about most of the time? 
3.  How can you think that you are in control of your life? 
4.  What is the function of the hormone of endorphin in your body? 
5.  Try to define the word ‘attitude’. 
6.  How can the law of cause-and-effect’ help you to practice positive thinking? 
7.  Discuss some of the major characteristics of optimists. 
8.  How do optimistic people react to adverse circumstances? 
9.  How are positive thinking and optimism interrelated? 
10.  When you see a glass of water that is half-full and half-empty, which half grabs your attention more?

Topic of the Session: Positive Thinking

Idioms, Proverbs and Expressions:

  • Feel like a million dollars: to feel healthy and happy
    • After finishing that difficult project, Jane felt like a million dollars.
  • Keep up appearance: to keep calm and happy in the face of problems
    • You need to control your thoughts and keep up appearance in critical conditions. 
  • Be in a fool’s paradise: to be happy without a real basis:
    • Logical people cannot be in a fool’s paradise.
  • Be flying high: to be truly successful:
    • The construction project was flying high from the very beginning.


  1. Do you think positive thinking can help you to overcome all of your problems in life?
  2. Some scholars, including Dr. Martin Seligman, believe that sometimes you need to be rather pessimistic to become more action-oriented. How do you respond to this idea?
  3. Do you think that some people are more genetically positive than others? Let’s argue for and against this question.

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  1. Positive thinking is a lifestyle. You are not born with that.
  2. Positive Thinking: People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  3. Optimists have three special behaviors, all learned through practice and repetition: (1) They look for the good in every situation, (2) they always seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty, and (3) they always look for the solution to every problem. (Brian Tracy)
  4. Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage. (Napoleon Hill)
  5. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. (Dr. Martin Seligman)


  1. To get more familiar with the concept of Positive Thinking, you can watch the film, The Secret (2006) and discuss its main message with us in the next class.
  2. We also recommend that you do some research on The Law of Attraction, if your time permits, to cast more light on Positive Thinking.
  3. Video File:

Words and Phrases:

  1. An upbeat message: giving you hope about the future
  2. Expectant: Excitedly aware that something (usually positive) is about to happen
  3. Optimism
  4. Sanguine about: happy and hopeful about the future
  5. Wry humor: a situation when you know that your conditions are not welcoming, but you don’t lose your mind and consider it amusing
Related conversation question: 

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I think these kinds of topics can be very helpful in two ways: both in improving our quality of life and improving our ability of speaking in English.
As I learned from the last session, people are responsible of their life; they can learn how to boost their quality of life by applying techniques of positive thinking. In my view, successful people whether knowing it potentially or learning it by practice, use techniques of positive thinking which make them to achieve their goals in a more convenient way. I learned that optimistic people are those who are equipped with a gift of feeling of hopefulness that brings sense of happiness in both themselves and the people around them. These are the people who raise senses of success and Pease in all over the world.
Based on advices of many experts people can change or improve their habit of thinking and even their personality by the way of (TALGHIN or) suggesting and indoctrinating ourselves. This can be achieved by saying and repeating what we want to be as much as possible. I experienced it, it can be very practical.

Dear Fatemeh,

I'm so happy that you've found the conference useful. As you said, we can achieve two goals at the same time, (1) improving our English, and (2) learning many valuable lessons in the framework of English.

Looking forward to your informative participation in the next session...

Positive thinking is an ability to consider the bright side of life and keep living hopefully. Through positive thinking we are capable of making a better life with more happiness, joy and less anxiety. It develops a sense of self-control to handle different issues under any circumstances. This positive attitude towards to life will lead to success. Positive thinking is a skill that needs a comprehensive guide to be learned and has come a long way during our life. there is a quote from Helen Keller that Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. 

I want to appriciate the people who gave all of the chance of participating in the discussions in such an easy way...good topics and especially speaking clearly by the teacher are the factors that absorbed me...thanks so much and I really hope these activities will continue....