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Why I believe in singing to the choir

“Let no sorrow abate your joy today, no fear disturb your peace. Bring happiness to everyone who looks on you and sees your happy face.”—A Course in Miracles
First, a hearty shout out to all of you who kindly objected to Adam Grant’s reporting that the average Joe believes Pollyannas are 14 percent less intelligent than those who criticize.

I’d like to point out that this well-known Wharton professor presented no research suggesting it was a fact. He simply made the observation that people erroneously BELIEVE people who criticize are smarter. But it’s an incorrect perception.

The Journal of Neuroscience, in fact, published a study proving just the opposite. When test subjects are on unhappy frequencies (the problem state our culture promotes), their visual cortexes—the part of the brain responsible for sight—doesn’t fully process information. According to research, happy, non-critical test subjects see 50 percent more than their unhappy counterparts.

Sadly, the dominant paradigm of our consumer-mad culture is a set-up. It encourages us to want more and more stuff, so instead of celebrating all we have, we obsess over what we don’t. We focus on what we still want.

When was the last time you celebrated the fact that your planet has trees that provide you with FREE oxygen and soil that grows yummy food.

If I had to distill my message down to what’s often referred to as an elevator speech, it would be this: We have a choice. We can live in problem state. Or we can live in possibility state.

Methinks, it’s only prudent to magnify the possibilities. To celebrate the gifts.

So, yes, some of those folks Adam Grant was referring to would likely accuse me of wasting my time. They’d tell me I was simply singing to the choir.

But I think singing together is important, because as I said in Thank & Grow Rich, the world is crying out for a team of “radio towers” who are beaming in the cosmic energy of infinite possibility. It needs a lot of human frequencies who believe in the invisible power of light and love.

And while I’ve got you on the line, Hay House asked me to mention that the Kindle, Nook and iBook version of Thank & Grow Rich is currently selling for a measly $1.99. So if you haven’t joined the choir, you can do it now for next to nothing.

So thanks again, my friends. Keep beaming that love and light.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

15 Responses

  1. I’ve been wanting to buy this book for some time. I am currently revisiting e-squared and e-cubed and now can “Thank and Grow Rich”. You are truly an amazing author, and your work has deeply impacted my life. I’ve done papers and presentations on some of the principals spoken about in E-squared. And of course, I apply many of the principals to my everyday life. Thank you for all the positivity and knowledge you have shared with the world. I look forward to reading this book which I’m sure will be good.

  2. My Journey back home after 13 years showed me the abundance of land we have across Canada. The oil, the cows, the empty fields of flat land.
    I thanked you on my journey Pam and still am. I read both the E2,3 before I left B.C. and the other day I picked up in Ontario, Thank, and Grow Rich for $15.99. Cheap to me. I am old school and like to read it on paper.
    My journey continues as I have nowhere to call home yet.
    I am grateful everyday for the job I do have, the car I can drive that got me here through all those provinces safe. The current roof over my head and my happy new positive outlook on everything my F.P. provides.
    My choir sounds like that. Grateful and positive. Love you Pam and thank you for all your great words. Gotta get reading! Samantha

  3. It’s always great to make your case above and beyond opinion. You certainly dad this here.

    I also like your phrase, “If I had to distill my message down to what’s often referred to as an elevator speech, it would be this: We have a choice. We can live in problem state. Or we can live in possibility state.”

    It reminds me of something I’ve been saying for years (and occasionally practice : ) We can either be problem conscious or solution conscious. It’s a choice but we can’t be both simultaneously.

  4. Yes, Pam! I’m all in & have been for years!! The world needs us beaming on the frequency of love & light, especially now.

  5. Opinions, biases, beliefs and what not have deformed the society. I second your beautiful thoughts Pam. People have their own glasses on and see the world through their perspectives , struggle to prove they are right, and bark the wrong tree!!

    Why on earth, more often than not, people use their own intelligence against themselves ? Isn’t it getting late for us to come out of the narrow box and widen our see through system?
    How can criticism be proven good when at times it has escalated problems?

  6. I’d love to get a big print of the photo attached to this email to hang on my wall. Can’t take my eyes off of it. Love the article too, as usual.

  7. Amen and Thank you Pam , also reading Thank & Grow Rich . Love all your books and enjoy seeing your travels and JOY !

  8. I have a hard copy of the last 3 of your books and an earlier one as well as on Kindle. My daughter is dragging her copy of T&GR around like a bible. It’s what we do on our visits; talk about your books. Are your ears burning. 🙂 I’m with you on the Pollyanna state of mind. Everything goes better if you look at the positive. I just got a shirt that has horizontal stripes (yikes) but it says, “look on the bright side”. I’m going to be wearing it a lot. I was encouraging a friend who was troubled to get herself one so she bought mine too. 🙂

  9. Pam – I’m a fully signed up member of the choir and love, love, love your newsletters. They always hit the right spot and give me a lift if I need it. I devoured Thank and Grow Rich and have the coat hangers ready for the experiment in E Squared – can’t wait :-). Thank you so much.

  10. Hi Pam,

    I love your emails! I would sure like to read the article you cite regarding the effect of mood on visual data processing – could you please let me know where to find it?


    Beth Rutter

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