Outlook and Social Success

    Like yourself and Others Will Too is the title of a book by Abraham Twerski.  If we like ourselves, and have a positive attitude toward ourselves and others they are more likely to like us. 

    Praising ourselves when we do things such as try and improve our mood is one way to help create a positive attitude toward ourselves.  A positive attitude toward ourselves is likely to put us in a good mood and being in a good mode will make us more socially attractive. 

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote a poem about how our outlook affects our popularity.  The poem is called Solitude.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all-
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

                            Background image and the poem was obtained from The Book of Knowledge


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