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Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing
February 04, 2019 Mother 5 comments

It means, be happy something good happened, instead of nothing at all I would rather stay positive and get 60 percent good results than stay negative and get.

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” -Elbert Hubbard

A positive outlook is the thing that will keep you going when times get tough. Even debt, when viewed with a positive outlook, can be seen as a blessing. When you get out of debt, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson, you’ll be stronger. You’ll be a fighter. You’ll know that you can go into your next battle with positivity and you know that you’ll prevail.

How are you keeping on the sunny side? Chat with me in the comments.

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It's important to publish all results – both positive and negative – if researchers Positives in negative results: when finding 'nothing' means something overlooked, discouraged or simply not put forward for publication.

Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing

Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing

Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing

Author:Byron Pulsifer © 2007

One of the ways to keep happiness in your life depends on how you approach and react to life itself. As Marcus Antoninus once said, "The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts."

What Are Your Reactions
If your reactions are usually negative in that all you see is the 'bad' in every situation, you are setting yourself up for continual unhappiness.

If your thoughts are, 'Why did this happen to me?' you are engaging in what I call the poor me syndrome.

A Positive Approach
When you have a positive approach to life, that is you look for and are able to see the good in all situations, you will find that you will be much happier more often.

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.
The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
W. Clement Stone

If your thoughts are, "Okay, this happened to me but I know there is an advantage and I will find it", you WILL find it because you are focused to look for it rather than being focused on "why me!"

Having a positive attitude does not prevent you from having to face challenges. Positive thoughts, though, will help you cope with the challenges you face so you can take advantage of opportunities within them.

An Example
Here is a simple example of what happened to me today that demonstrates positive vs. negative thinking. I took my truck in to the garage to check the brakes; they had been giving a thumping noise for the last couple of days so I thought it wise to check them out before summer and more driving coming my way.

I go to the garage and waited for the technician to tell me what was wrong. In about fifteen minutes, the supervisor came over with several sheets in his hand and asked me if I was ready for some bad news. I looked at the report about my brakes and took a deep breath. What I thought would be a simple fix was a major problem with each brake rotor, pads cylinders-the whole nine yards needing to be replaced to the tune of one thousand dollars. Wow! I was shocked.

On the one hand, I could cry fowl and wail and moan but instead, I knew that the technician had nothing to do with causing the brake problem nor did my brakes do it to me out of some cosmic spite. But, this was an event that I gave no control to, nor did I give it power, it was a simple event in life dealing with mechanical parts that are meant to be serviced when they wear out. So, keeping this thought in my mind, I simply told them to do whatever they had to in order to make my vehicle safe.

The next thing that happened was when I went to fill up two propane tanks that I had just exchanged with my trailer dealer because they were defective. Both these tanks needed to be purged before they could be filled so I went to my local Costco outlet only to be told that they could not purge tanks only refill them. This was another event where I could have easily lost my cool but, again, it wasn't the fault of anyone just a set of circumstances. So, I put the tanks in my truck and off I went again to a local hardware store that I knew could do it, and simply got it done. No negative emotion and where a little drive time to the local hardware store resolved the situation. Each one of us always has a choice about how to react to any given situation. The real challenge is to release you from negative emotional energy, which is always wasted on whatever the issue is at hand. The only real way to avoid this negative emotion is to train yourself over and over again to understand that, first of all, you do have a choice of how you will react, and secondly, that a negative reaction does in no way move you forward in finding a positive solution.

Don't Be Defeated
Positive action defeats negative emotion any day of the week.

John Amatt summarizes this thought well - he said:
"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential."

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"The way you look at life and how much you appreciate it will determine the happiness in your life." Ravindranath Jayaratne

"The mind, like the sponge, can only put out what it takes in, and thus we have to be sure to soak up positive thinking in order to produce the positive results." Benjamin Chapin

It's interesting to see that some people have less than others, but have a better attitude and go through life with peace of mind and a happy mood more often." Rita Chester

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Nothing is left undone with the plethora of negative prefixes in Japanese

Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing

What’s a double negative?

A double negativeis when two negative words or
are used within a single
. Sentences with double negatives are not grammatically correct . . . and they’re confusing. That’s because double negatives cancel each other out and make a positive. So, when you use a double negative it ends up being the exact opposite of what you mean. You’ll write a stronger sentence when you put statements in a positive form.

It’s easy to fall into a double-negative trap. Here’s how to recognize and side step them.

What are negative nouns?

If you use a negative noun and a negative verb, you have a double negative. Negative nouns are words such as nowhere, nothing, nobody, and no one. Here are some examples of ways to get rid of negative nouns.

I don’t want nothing can change toI don’t want anything.

  • I don’t want nothing literally means “I want something.”

She’s not going nowherecan change to She’s not going anywhere.

  • She’s not going nowhere literally means “she’s going somewhere.”

He never said he saw no onecan change to He never saw anyone.

  • He never said he saw no one literally means “he saw someone.”

What is a negative modifier?

is a word that changes, clarifies, qualifies, or limits another word. A double negative is formed by adding a negative to the verb and a negative modifier to the noun (or the object of the verb).

For example: We don’t have no extra chairs.

  • Here, no is a negative modifier and it isn’t needed.

Instead, you could say “We don’t have any extra chairs.”

  • The modifier is now any and it’s not negative.

How would you rewrite the sentence: I didn’t want to live nowhere else? (Hint: The modifier is no again.)

What is a negative adverb?

Negative adverbs are sneaky negative modifiers because they aren’t “no” words. Negative adverbs are words like barely, seldom, hardly, rarely, and scarcely. Even though they don’t have “no,” they still have a negative connotation.

Take, for example, the sentence: He can’t hardly wait for the game to begin. The
meaning is “he can hardly wait for the game to begin,” (and this would be the correct way to write this sentence too!) The
meaning is “he can wait for the game.”

Some sneaky double negatives . . .

A common double negative (that doesn’t look like one) is the phrase cannot help but. What’s wrong with it? The “not” inside the word cannot and the “but” both express negative ideas.

The solution? Use one or the other, just not both together.


Occasionally, a double negative can be used in a subtle and indirect way to express a positive idea. A
is “a figure of speech that uses understatement to emphasize a point by stating a negative to further affirm a positive,” and they often incorporate double negatives for this effect.

You might, for example, say: “I don’t regret not going to my high-school reunion,” which really means “I’m really glad I didn’t go to the reunion.”


Double negatives are common in other languages. In fact, the English language used them too until 1762 when Bishop Robert Lowth wrote in A Short Introduction to English Grammar with Critical Notes that they were no longer acceptable.

A little fun: Double negatives in songs

The most well know double-negative song is the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” released in 1965. And, Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera The Wall featured these lyrics in the song “Another Brick in the Wall”:

“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control”

Then, there’s Marvin Gaye’s rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” And, Elvis Presley, breaks all the rules with his iconic 1952 song “Hound Dog” that goes like this:

“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog”

“Hound Dog” is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll,” but it certainly didn’t set a good example for proper grammar.

Everything in life has a negative side to it. The most puzzling use of 無 with a positive meaning occurs in the term 無洗米 (musenmai), where the prefix combines with the Or, more precisely, nothing you can't undo.

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Positive Anything vs. Negative Nothing

  • We'll do almostanythingfor our beloved animals.

The class of NPIs (Negatively-oriented Polarity-sensitive Items) includes the any class of items: any, anybody, any longer, any more (AmE anymore), anyone, anything, anywhere.

And you seem to already understand a bit on how NPIs work, in that NPIs are restricted to non-affirmative contexts (where an affirmative context is a declarative main clause in a positive environment).

But some of the items also have a "free choice sense", and so, they can occur in an affirmative context (where a NPI can't).

For example:

  • 1.) She didn't makeanychanges. -- (NPI sense)

  • 2.) Anychanges must be approved by the board. -- ("free choice sense")

Your example of "We'll do almostanythingfor our beloved animals" seems to be using the "free choice sense" of anything. And that is why your example is grammatical.

Examples and info were borrowed from the 2002 reference grammar by Huddleston and Pullum et al., The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL), pages 822-3.

Guide to negative structures in English for English language learners and past simple do not take an auxiliary verb in the positive form. When modifying something use either a 'no' word, or 'any' as explained in the following sections. There are a number of no words such as nowhere, nothing, no one.

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