As is so often the case with positive news, you may have missed this particular story, featured in the financial times of London.

It seems, that some very prestigious economists have written a book in which they postulate that economies are driven not so much by market forces, as they are by our attiude's and approac. “We will never really understand important economic events unless we confront the fact that their causes are largely mental in nature”. Our “ideas and feelings” about the economy are not purely a rational reaction to data and experience; they themselves are an important driver of economic growth – and decline.

The article goes on to mention, that this idea seems to be bearing out with anecdotal evidence from Google no less. A Google search for the term “economic recovery” turned up 6,991 references to the term in January and 7,831 in February. In the first week of May the phrase occurred 24,443 times.

As is so often the case with “new” discoveries, it seems that this is an idea that has for long resonated with those that study and apply the teachings of our holy Torah and sages. Indeed, one of the bedrocks of Jewish faith is the concept of Bitachon and having a constant positive outlook in life.

There was once a chassid whose son was very ill. After a prolonged illness, the physicians finally told him that there was no hope. There was nothing more they could do; they did not know if the child would live.

The chassid was devastated. He hurried to Lubavitch and approached the Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe. Overcome with grief, he could barely mouth his request for a blessing.

The Rebbe answered him briefly in Yiddish: Tracht gut, vet zein gut. "Think positively, and the outcome will be good."

As the chassid walked out of the Rebbe’s room, he pulled himself together. He put himself in a state of mind that radiated utter confidence. He knew G‑d could help him and cure his son. And he believed that this would happen.

When he came home, he was told that there had been a sudden change in his son’s condition. The physicians had no explanation, but the child had definitely taken a turn for the better. When the chassid inquired, he was told that the change took place at exactly the time that he visited the Rebbe.

Bitachon is not intended as an escapism, nor does it absolve one from taking personal responsibility, and doing whatever humanly possible to make things better, but it ensures that as the person acts, the act is in concert with the absolute recognition of G‑d’s providence in shaping all that happens.

Even Google recognizes this, there are 1,190 entries under the expression “Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut” Think positively, and the outcome will be good!