The Limitless Possibilities of Abundant Thinking



If you’re following these blogs, first of all, thank you, secondly, you might have noticed a recent blog spoke about “The Scarcity Trap” and how it can affect our relationships with others—particularly the young people we work with in foster care or education or as we parent.

This blog focuses on the opposite of The Scarcity Trap which is abundant thinking. 

In an article in Forbes Magazine, Carolyn Centeno describes abundant thinking in the following way; “While scarcity focuses on what we don’t have, abundant thinking is an attitude and mindset that focuses on what we do have. It allows us to see possibility rather than limits and can shift our perspective. It can help us lead more resilient and creative lives and help our teams function at their highest levels of productivity and collaboration.”


Ms. Centeno also brings up the concept of “Hedonic Adaptation.” This concept describes the phenomenon that pursuing our needs for “more” (money, time, career titles, resources) meets our short-term needs but the pleasure derived from whatever “it” is soon returns to homeostasis and we find ourselves seeking more of what we originally desired or something new.

Essentially, the pursuit of more resources or titles doesn’t result in more happiness. We are far better off being grateful for what we already have.

In fact, as Ms. Centeno notes, the very act of being grateful triggers dopamine in the brain. Thus, we can far expand our happiness through practicing the habit of gratitude rather than constantly wanting more.

How can I be a more grateful person and a less wanting one? Modeling this to the young people around us can teach them a valuable lesson about lifelong happiness as well.


What Is Abundant Thinking? Carolyn Centeno, Women at Forbes, April 4, 2018,


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