I love this quote. It encapsulates the power of perception. Shakespeare also seemed to agree in that he once said “life is neither heaven nor hell, but as one thinks it. ” The flavor of our world depends so much on how we choose to view it.
One of the first assignments I give to my clients is the “what went well” exercise. This has been proven through research to boost one’s mood by focusing on three things that went well each day. However, many clients don’t see results soon enough and stop early, or just get too busy with life to take a few moments to smell the roses.
So here is another idea to stop and take notice of the things that have gone and are going really well in your life- pictures. Many of you have a personal computer by now. Most of you have your pictures on your computer. By going in to the settings tab and changing your screen saver to “slideshow,” and using the directory that holds your pictures- whenever you get a couple of free moments, your computer will start to remind you of all the things that are going really well in your life.
For those of you who have the iphone or ipad, FotoFrame Hub is an excellent application that imports all of your facebook photos, and turns your device into a digital photo frame.
To take it one step further, play some happy and meaningful music while viewing your slideshow of life. Some recommendations to get you started:
1) Israel Kamakawi’wole (spelling?) – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
2) Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
3) Chris Botti/Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
If you can find 10 minutes today, I think it’s worth your time, to bring a little gratitude and happiness back into perspective. Life’s too short to feel anything else.
Dr. Colleen Long (PSY23911) is the author of “Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E,” and “Meditation Medication.” Dr. Colleen maintains a private practice in Hermosa Beach and works mainly from a positive psychology framework as it applies to addiction, depression, relationships, body image and weight loss. Her website can be found at www.DrColleenLong.com. For a free consultation please contact her at 1-800-593-2560