“Every thought we think is creating our future.” — Louise L. Hay.

Our thoughts are powerful and can either assist or hinder a successful outcome. Regardless of the situation, we control our thoughts. Will we respond to the situation with negative thoughts or will we respond with positive thoughts? Our thoughts govern our mood and our mood has a direct impact on our attitude. Negative or bad thoughts lead to a bad mood, a bad attitude, poor behaviour and ultimately, an unfavourable or bad outcome. On the other hand positive or good thoughts lead to a good mood, a good attitude, pleasant behaviour and a favourable outcome. It is true that positive thinking doesn’t guarantee success but it certainly helps increase your odds. It also makes it possible to enjoy tasks as opposed to enduring them. 

Every day, throughout the day we are repeatedly faced with the choice of either thinking good or bad thoughts. Imagine this choice as standing in front of two doors. One door is labelled ‘good thoughts’ and the other ‘bad thoughts’. Which one will you open? The bad thoughts door opens up to gloom and you find yourself spiralling down a slippery slope crashing into frustration, hopelessness and anger. Before you know it, you find are at the bottom of a deep, dark hole; completely clothed in defeat. Unable to reason rationally, you become blinded to possibilities and solutions. An unfavourable outcome is almost always inevitable. All you are left with is regret and sometimes even self-loathing. 

The good thoughts door opens up to radiant light guiding you up a stairway of possibility, hope and enthusiasm. As you near the top you feel energized, confident and joyfully optimistic. Equipped with all the tools for success, a favourable outcome is guaranteed. Your reward is a gratifying sense of accomplishment and a well-deserved feeling of pride. 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller.

It is definitely more challenging to respond to a negative situation with positive thoughts. Yet a positive frame of mind can give you the insight and motivation needed to turn things around. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”— Winston Churchill. 

Thinking good thoughts undoubtedly makes us feel good. When we feel good people around us pick up on the good vibe we are sending out and they are not only drawn to us, but also become more willing to offer help or guidance. Thinking good thoughts is reflected outwardly through our appearance. Simply put, thinking good thoughts makes us look good too. As Roald Dahl put it in his famous quote from The Twits book, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. 

Absolutely no good can come from opening the bad thoughts door. To open it is a mistake, one that I am sure we have all made countless times. We need to train our minds so that opening the good thoughts door becomes not only our immediate response but a constant and consistent one. Positivity is a choice! 

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” — Norman Vincent Peale.

I wrote the Lala the ladybug book to show children what a difference thinking good thoughts can make. The story helps children to understand that they can choose whether they are going to think positively or negatively in any given situation. The story highlights the benefits of being positive. Lala the sweet ladybug encourages children to think good thoughts rather than bad thoughts. 

Lala the ladybug is a colourful picture book with an enjoyable, meaningful story. Jump into this delightful book and join Lala on her exciting adventure.

“I will try to think happy thoughts.” — Lala the ladybug.

Get your copy of Lala the ladybug from Amazon and various other leading online retailers. I hope this story will motivate children to adopt positive thought patterns. If you have read and enjoyed this story please show your support by leaving a review. 

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Make story time a special time. Happy reading!

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