From the time we are children, “positive thinking” is pounded into us. We are bombarded with sentiments like: “Look on the bright side. Don’t be sad. Stay positive. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
The sentiment behind these pep-talks is admirable: A lot can be said about focusing on positive, empowering thoughts.
By the time they graduate from high school, students will have received approximately 13,000 hours of training and education, supposedly to prepare them for success in the adult world. They are taught the formula for salt, how to play Hot Cross Buns on a recorder, all of the state capitals, and the various plant phyla.