Our life is what our thoughts make it

life is what thoughts make it

You wouldn’t think that a book written in 1953 would still have so much relevance today; but that is exactly true for Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to stop worrying and start living’. The specific situations and circumstances might have changed, but we still worry in the same way, and thus the way we deal with our worries remains fundamentally unchanged.

I have just been reading the section on cultivating a mental attitude to bring about happiness. It came as a bit of a surprise to me that a book on stopping worrying should focus so heavily on happiness; but as I read through each chapter it made more and more sense. If you’re focusing on happy things you are crowding worry out of your mind (point 4 from last weeks post). And in reverse, I suppose it is rather difficult to be happy with a head so full of worries.

So here’s the thing. Our life is what our thoughts make it – think happy thoughts and we will be happy! It sounds so simple.

So as well as my seven tips for tackling worry, I am now trying to think and act cheerfully in order to feel cheerful. So far I really think it’s working! Instead of going into situations thinking the worst, I’ve been focusing on being jolly, and people have responded well, and that in turn has given me a confidence boost.

Today I took Rosalie in the baby carrier for a walk, and I made a point of smiling and saying good morning to everyone we met. Granted, that was only two of three people, but one of those people stopped and we exchanged a few pleasantries about the weather, the height of the water in the canal, Rosalie’s teeth and age. Nothing earth shattering, but it felt good.

Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, toΒ  love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

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    Katy F
    January 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    This is lovely Jess! You are so right, thoughts become feelings and feelings become actions. I am going to try and be brave to say hello to people when I next go out. The people of Hitchin are going to think I am MAD! haha!

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    Jess Eliot
    January 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for such a lovely comment Katy πŸ™‚ I'm certain you will brighten the days of those people you do say hello to! xx

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    Vickie Rich
    January 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    What a great post Jess! It really makes a great deal of sense that if you're thinking happy you'll start feeling happy. I need to take a leaf out of your book and start thinking about the potentially happy and fun moments in those situations that are making me worry.

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    Jess Eliot
    January 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you for your lovely comment Vickie πŸ™‚ It's amazing how powerful our thoughts are; I definitely over-think things, so going into situations with a positive outlook should hopefully help the situation to turn out well. That's the theory!! I'm braving a new toddler group this week so I'll let you know how that turns out… xx

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