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Jan 18

Just Be Happy

Don’t you find it curious, fascinating and puzzling that happiness is not the most easy feeling to experience.  The Good News Network had a story on the Top 5 regrets of the dying and you guessed it not choosing happiness was on the list.  That people realized at the end of their life that happiness was a choice.

 

Bronnie Ware is a writer and songwriter from Australia who spent several years caring for dying people in their own homes. She is the author of book, entitled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. It is a memoir of her own life and how it was transformed based on the regrets of the dying people she cared for. For more information, please visit her website atwww.bronnieware.com or her blog at www.inspirationandchai.com.

I would say let’s expand our vocabulary about Happiness and talk about mood elevation.  It’s all so relative.    An excellent self-help book  to treat sadness and mild depression is Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D.  As Dr. Burns points out all moods are created by thought cognitions which is the way you look at things – your perceptions, mental attitudes and beliefs.  The way you interpret what you experience, what you say and how you feel  right now because of the thoughts you are thinking.  The thoughts create the emotion.  Have also noticed how we can argue to defend thoughts which are creating unhappiness.  Why do we do that?

Feelings of sadness and depression  contain thoughts of negativity and pessimism.  Negative thoughts nearly always contain gross distortions and this twisted thinking is a major cause of suffering.  We have the power to choose.

Have you wondered why there are so many more movies about drama than comedies.  It is obviously much more difficult to tell funny stories than stories of pain, suffering, loss, sadness, violence, etc.  I love it when movies have happy endings.  Particularly when the story is about struggle, hardship and loss.  We all have ‘stuff’ happen.  It is so wonderful when the ‘stuff’ is transformed into something that has a happy ending.

Some favorite feel good movies:

  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Pay It Forward
  • Rudy
  • Patch Adams
  • Bucket List
  • Freedom Writers
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • The Full Monty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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