I’ll be happy when…

Brad Stanton —  January 6, 2016 — 4 Comments

valentines-day_1100011053-1013intIt is easy to get into the habit of thinking “I’ll be happy when…

I get married
I have kids
I get out of this marriage
my kids leave home
I get a promotion
I get well
my kids behave better

Why not be happy today? Psychologists and success coaches say that the thoughts you are thinking right now and today are creating your future. The feelings you are feeling now and today are creating your thoughts and actions that create your future. Emotion causes motion, in other words, when we feel strongly about something, we take action.

Nothing positive ever came from thinking negative.” ~Many people

Many good things come from thinking positive. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote many books and traveled around the world giving speeches about the power of positive thinking. He saw many people changed for the better by the power. He himself was a very timid person until a college professor took him aside one day and told him to get rid of his timid nature. The professor told him that he was smart and hardworking, and would go far in life if he would get rid of his pessimism and timidity. At first, Peale was very upset about what the professor had said. But after he let the words sink in, he began to realize the professor was right. Peale began to slowly change, and never forgot how important it is to believe in yourself, to have faith in your abilities.

In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, James Scott Bell writes about meeting Dr. Peale. He said it was a day that changed his life. Bell and his wife came to a point in their life when they began to wonder why everything was going wrong. Then Bell began thinking about positive thinking and shared the idea with his wife. They both began to think positive instead of negative and soon their life had turned around.

I realize that some people’s problems are so difficult that a little positive thinking won’t help. But maybe a lot of positive thinking will. Morris Goodman, who was seriously injured in an airplane crash, could not breathe without a machine, or swallow, walk, talk or do anything except blink his eyes. But he had extraordinary faith that he could walk out of that hospital by Christmas. No one believed that he could do it, especially not the doctors. But because of his amazing faith he learned how to talk, eat and swallow, walk and live a rather normal life.

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4 responses to I’ll be happy when…

  1. 

    I certainly agree with this. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today and specifically now!! Because you didn’t change a minute ago and you won’t change the next minute if you don’t change this very second! Thank you for posting this!

  2. 

    Why not be happy today, indeed.

  3. 

    After decades of positive thinking, cognitive behavioral therapy, pursuit of a sort of armchair zen and plain, old-fashioned can’t-keep-me-down attitude, I am pleased to say it has been successful!!!
    It has blossomed more in the past year, and now I often find myself simply feeling happy and saying so out loud. Negative, difficult and conflict-ridden things arise in my everyday, and I find I can navigate them peacefully and with a positive spin.
    There’s a certain logarithm, a compounding, to either set of emotions and attitudes, the negative and positive. Ruminating about why we’re down only takes us down further.
    Repeating joyful noises, singing with a glad heart, and knowing peace will prevail similarly buoys us on a sea of wonder and light.
    In the words of Dickens’s Ebeneezer Scrooge, “I don’t deserve to be so happy.”, but I can’t help myself!
    I am either living the peace I have sought these many years, or I’m going daff.
    Either way, I (quite literally) could not be happier!!

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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