Voltaire wrote: “The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” All thoughts, both positive and negative, are available to us to focus on. Whatever thoughts we decide to give our attention to—tolerant or critical, peaceful or contentious, calm or anxious, joyful or sad—create either a good or bad mood within us and around us.
Because a good mood is natural to us, positive, life-enriching thoughts feel good to think, and put us in the right place at the right time wherever we are, even when we’re home alone. Because a bad mood is not natural to us, negative, life-diminishing thoughts feel bad to think, and make us vulnerable to negativity wherever we are, even when we’re home alone.
We can’t hide a bad mood. It’s as if a bad mood creates an atmosphere around us, like pigpen in the Peanuts Comic Strip! Negative energy swirls around us from within us, and not only affects us, but those around us who are open to it. Sometimes being in a bad mood can become such a habit we don’t notice how bad a bad mood feels or how grumpy others get around us. We get used to kicking the furniture and the sore foot that follows. Or, honking our car horn and the one-fingered reaction we get from another driver. Such is life in the world, right? It can be, but it doesn’t have to be because our experience of life is all about the choices and decisions we make. Those choices and decisions arise from our mood and attitude toward life.
Our power to create a life we enjoy living lies in our freedom to choose thoughts that feel good to think and inspire kind, compassionate actions. Thoughts about what we want, thoughts that create excitement within us, and thoughts that bring us peace cause us to remember that the world is alright. It’s important for us to take time to notice our mood throughout the day if we want things to go our way. Our habits of choice become our attitude toward life and our attitude toward life becomes our life.The way we look at life is the way life looks to us.
Khalil Gibran reminds us that our living is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by the way our mind looks at what happens.
Our mind is the only thing that truly belongs to us alone. It is the only thing we have full control over. No one can influence us without our permission. No one can make us frightened, sad or angry, or happy, calm or loving unless we decide to be. No one can cause us to see what they see unless we decide to agree to see it that way.
We are free change mind anytime we choose to and “save” our self from all the experiences a bad mood calls to us. We are free to change our thinking right now in positive ways, and decide to focus on the good we want be and see. Such a decision will change our mood and attitude, and change our life experiences.
There is power in a positive attitude, no matter what may be going on in our personal life or the world around us. If those around us think we’re looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, and that we are naive about the way life really goes, if we feel like responding at all, we can offer scientific proof that a positive attitude carries a healthy, healing vibration. Numerous recent studies from leading medical centers such as John Hopkins University and the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the National Institutes of Health have shown that at a cellular level, every single human depends on positivity to survive. There’s an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control, and healthier blood sugar levels; and that when facing a health crisis, actively enhancing positive emotions can boost the immune system.
If we think about it, it’s a beautiful thing that the best thing we can do for our self and the world right now (far more effective then washing our hands!) is to be happy. Our joy in being alive in a living Universe filled with Joy brings powerful healthy energy to us, and we bring that energy with us wherever we go. Unlike pigpen, the energetic light of Joy swirls around us from with us, and not only affects us but those around us who are open to it. We can, as Jesus said, “be in the world, but not of the world.” Nothing in this world can affect us or harm us unless we put up our “mental mitt” to catch it. Whether our thoughts have to do with our personal life, politics, or health threats we are free to think positive, happy thoughts as we walk through this world.
We can’t create a happy life with unhappy thoughts. If we want to create a life we enjoy living, we need to make feeling the joy of living it our priority. However, we may wonder how we can do that. How can we be happy and filled with joy when we’ve got this, this, and that painful thing going on in our life, and the world has this, this and that terrible thing going on? We can do it if we want to. First we might want to turn off the news. It isn’t helpful, its hypnotic, to stare at bad news. Have we ever finished watching news and thought “Well now I feel better.”
To feel better, to change our mood, we need to practice the pivot. When we notice we’re focused on thoughts that don’t feel good, we can choose to change our focus and look at something in our life, or the world around us, that does feel good. We can decide to focus on this, this and that happy thing in our life, perhaps our home, garden or pets. Or, we can decide to focus on this, this and that happy thing in the world, like babies, puppies, and the beauty of nature. Through the Law of Attraction we attract to us more of what we focus on.
We practice the pivot by taking a deep breath, and begin to change our mood by remembering three things we‘re grateful for in our life. Just three things out of all the living we’re doing. Three joyous things out of all the things there are in this amazing world in which we live to praise and appreciate. Practicing the pivot is a mood shifter and a vibrational frequency uplifter.
There will be those who point out all the reasons why we shouldn’t be happy these days. There will be those who want us to hop off our peace train, or our happy-mobile, and hop onto their train even though it’s headed down a track that leads to no good. Lao Tzu said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
If we’re willing to turn our focus to what we like to think about, as those thoughts feel good to think and our mood keeps getting better and better, we won’t be willing to listen to people criticize one another. We will take no satisfaction from somebody being wrong. When it matters so much to us that we feel good, we’ll only be willing to listen to good news and focus on positive aspects in our self, others, and the world. We will look toward solutions and no longer beat the drum of all the problems in world.