Some of the best people I know are those who always choose to stay positive. Anne said it best when she said “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will”… and personally, I think she’s right.

As a young girl, I always tended to scoff at my Mom when she would tell me what a difference it would make in my life to think positively – how different could it really be? I couldn’t understand why she believed so fiercely that thinking a certain way would change the outcome of any situation, it just didn’t make sense to me. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to find the truth in it. There is something about believing that things will turn out well, putting your faith in the fact that everything will always work out, that allows you to find truth in that statement. Maybe it isn’t that everything will work out exactly how you first imagined, but things will turn out okay, especially when you believe they will.

When it comes to making decisions in life, I try now to think in the same mindset that my Mom always tried to instill in me – that if you love the world, the world will love you back. She thinks the same way that Anne does, that as long as you decide that something will be good, it probably will be. If you go into a situation expecting the worst, that’s all you’ll be prepared to find. If you walk in knowing that things have the potential to turn out even better than you’ve imagined, you allow yourself to be happy with the outcome, no matter what it is. I grew up to believe in exactly the things that I always would laugh at my Mom for saying, and I’m glad I did. I think that it is inspiring when people choose to believe that good things will continue to happen, no matter how bad things might get. I think that there is something to be said for people who have the ability to make up their minds firmly that they will enjoy something, and then to go out and do it.

Favourite moment from Anne of Avonlea 4

One of my very favourite things about Anne is that she chooses to find the bright sides in life, even when most people likely wouldn’t. When life gives her lemons, she makes lemonade, time and time again. Anne is always able to make up her mind and decide that she will enjoy the day, and that’s someone that I can aspire to be like!

What is your favourite quality of Anne’s? Do you think that positive thinking can make a difference?

By Katie Bull, Sullivan Entertainment

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