It is difficult for a person to appreciate feeling healthy and well if they are preoccupied with somber, dark, self-effacing thoughts. While it is not usually possible to simply erase these negative thoughts, it often IS possible to try to balance them by adopting the discipline of cultivating at least one positive thought a day.
The things we think and the way we think about them have a direct impact on our overall health and wellness. Most people have both good and bad, both light and dark, both healthy and unhealthy thoughts. It is a matter of balance and proportion.
A person who has only bad thoughts is often perceived as a pessimist while one who seems to have exclusively positive thoughts may be fairly accused of being either in denial or of succumbing to what has been deemed the “Pollyanna Syndrome.” Always wearing rose colored glasses can represent as damaging a distortion as wearing ones shaded perennially in dark, muddy brown. Balance and proportion.
Some people achieve this by reading passages from whatever Scriptures they feel most identified with each day, even on days when they are not feeling good. The words and suggested ideas and values have a medicinal impact on the bad feelings.
My father, who was susceptible to depression, kept a volume near his easy chair titled something like “1001 Jokes and Funny Stories.” He would sit and read one each morning before going to work and another in the evening after dinner. He said it helped him feel better and now, after 36 years of practice as a psychotherapist, I understand that he was right!
Forcing one’s self to recall a pleasant moment from the past can help, even if it is only to a relatively small degree, to offset the downward feelings associated with the here-and-now.
“A good thought, nice memory or positive affirmation
Is like the proverbial apple-a-day keeping the doctor away.
A good thought away can help keep the blues at bay.”
When it becomes very difficult to think of one, pick up a photo album to jar a positive memory. Think about taking yourself out for something you haven’t eaten for a long time that you would really like.
“Look in the mirror and resist looking away,
Instead saying ” That’s me and I am OK!”
Simple thoughts can help to level off a downward spiral. Nothing in the physical world has changed, but what you are thinking about and how you are thinking about it has. Ne prescription is needed and the impact can be surprisingly relieving.
“Make yourself more well
By what things that to yourself