There is no proof anywhere on earth that suggests a positive or negative attitude is somehow passed down genetically. It is a well-known fact that attitude is easily nurtured at any age, making it a nurture issue and not a nature issue. However, this alone is not the only issue surrounding brain activity and attitude that has people puzzled.
Many associate a positive attitude and positive thinking with optimism, but that is a little unfair because a positive thinker can quite easily consider and expect the worst. A positive thinker can expect the worst and walk into it with a clear and positive mind because he or she is confident that he or she will be able to handle the situation. There is an obvious link between optimism and a positive attitude, but to tar one with the other is a little unfair.
Many people associate a positive attitude with a bias for action. They imagine that positive thinkers are like the losers that sing and dance for the kids to try to convince them not to smoke or not to have sex. They imagine that positive thinkers have a stereotypical exuberance that is a direct result of their attitude, but this too is a misconception. A “Measure once, cut twice” bias for action often takes a fair amount of positive thinking, but it is not the result of positive thinking. There are plenty of people with a positive attitude that understand that a problem may solve itself and that inaction is better than action.
If we are getting to the nitty gritty, let’s cover how people associate a positive attitude with happiness. This is one of the most common misconceptions and it couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many positive thinkers are miserable. Their positive thought is more directed towards how tomorrow will be better rather than being a result of how happy they are right now.
Another Facebook lie is that people are able to somehow become more intelligent if they are positive. People seem to have taken this silly notion on board so easily because they assume miserable and lazy people are unintelligent, but this is far from the truth. TV preachers sometimes say that the intelligent go to hell, and many truly intelligent people are severely miserable to the point where they feel as if they are in hell. Being negative or positive will not affect how intelligent you are or become. Sometimes ignorance is dumb, and sometimes it is bliss.
Some people think that positive thinkers are more alert. They may even associate it with some sort of chemical or brain function element, but that is not the case at all. The fact is that “happy” people tend to be more fidgety and move around more. The same is true for people that are aroused. When a person is happy, they may appear to be positive thinkers and therefore people associate positive thinking with movement and alertness, but there is no real link other than the fact that happy people tend to move around more.