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“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.”

– Gandhi

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am a major advocate of positive thinking and it’s powerful effects. Today, I want to prove it to you.

A while ago a close family member was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In a search to find alternative healing methods, I stumbled across some mental healing techniques. Sloughs of survivor stories made me think there might be something more to the power of thought then just trying to see the “glass half full”. I found an experiment that claimed to give concrete, visual evidence of the effect positive and negative thinking can have on a living organism. The results were compelling and it seemed very probable. But, just to be sure, I decided to try it myself.

The Carrot Story 

Four carrot tops were severed and placed into two equal sized containers, with the same amount of water, next to a window. On one container, we marked a plus sign (positive), and the other, a minus sign (negative). Over the next few weeks, my roommates and I said and thought of nice, positive and uplifting words to the carrots in the positive dish and horrible, ugly, negative things to the carrots in the negative dish. These are the results…

Day 1 (The carrots settle in)

Day 2 (Still looking strong)

Day 4 (We have sprouts!)

Day 7 (Look at the Positive carrots go!)

Day 8

Day 25 (The results. Hey, those negative carrots don't look so hot, let's take a closer look...)

Day 25 (No wonder, with all that negativity we were throwing their way)

This was remarkable visual evidence considering the only changing variable was positive and negative thought. The positive carrots remained orange and sprouted up high and proud. The negative carrot in the front didn’t even manage to sprout (maybe because he was baring the brunt of the negativity) while the other carrot managed to sprout a little, yet began decaying.

I believe this experiment can relate to our own lives. If thought has this effect externally on a vegetable, imagine what our mind can do to our own bodies. Sure you can be successful and ‘grow’ a little in a negative state of mind (like we saw with the carrot) but it also began rotting from the inside out. It’s an interesting metaphor for illness in humans (maybe this has some relevance to cancer? who knows).

For the naturally optimistic, you don’t need me or carrots to tell you positive thinking works, you live it. As for the self-prolaimed skeptics, I encourage you to doubt because the best part of it is, the experiment is so simple you can try it and see the results for yourself!

I’m grateful that each of us has the power to create our own realities.


It all started in Grade 7. My Language Arts teacher introduced “Magic Journals” to the curriculum. We were instructed to keep a log each day about special moments in our lives. At the time they seemed nothing more than a daily nuisance. There was nothing mystical, surprising or supernatural about a notebook full of college-ruled paper. We were 12 year old kids and the last thing we wanted to do was sit and reflect on “magic” in our lives. Looking back now, Mrs. Hanrahan was a genius.

It was later in life when I began to explore and question. Explore spirituality, question my religion. Explore the reason for living and question why I was taught to recite a religious prayer every night before bed – and was still doing it! Instead of reciting a rhyme I didn’t really understand night after night (a pretty morbid one, now that I think about it), I decided to stop. Feeling a bit lost uprooting a life long bed-time ritual, I decided to replace the prayer with something else. Something simple, something that felt right and most importantly, something that made sense to me; I decided to think of three things each day that I was genuinely grateful for.

Before starting such a routine, pessimism can overwhelm the best intentioned thoughts. We live in a society that tends to broadcast negative events relentlessly while disregard the good. It can leave one to think, well, I have nothing to be grateful for. I believe the following quote says it all:

“Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little,
at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die;
so, let us all be thankful.”

– Buddha

I am an advocate for the power of positive thinking. Call me a blind optimist but I believe thinking more about the good in life tends to bring more good. No matter the situation or circumstance we face, I believe we always have something in our lives that could be acknowledged with a Thank you. I dedicate this blog to sharing one a day, of the many things, I am immensely grateful for.

I’m grateful for blogging, so I can share my ideas.