Every waking moment we are bombarded with choices. Every choice has a consequence or effect, and every consequence to some degree, makes up our present and affects our future, especially our health. Our choice of attitude is no exception and is perhaps the most powerful tool we have to create the life (and health) we desire. By engaging in using Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life), you have taken one positive step closer to your goal which will affect not only your own health, but the health of those around you.
It is commonly understood that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. It is also understood that we cannot control the circumstances that surround our lives which gives us the fertile ground for developing our attitudes. Our responses or reactions to these circumstances is what gives us the life we have. What we can control is the way we view these circumstances and the way we respond or react to them – it is called creating a Positive Mental Attitude. It is now commonly accepted in scientific circles that happier people are healthier people.
It has been said that the life we have is in our head and we know this is true as we sometimes meet people in life who have been through terrible ordeals but their gratitude for still being alive allows them to live a beautiful life. We have the opportunity to view life as the “glass half empty” or the “glass half full.” I am reminded of a little story which I first read in the Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
It is the story of the farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbours sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this was very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?
We cannot control the thoughts that come into our heads but we can prevent them from making a resting place by replacing them with a positive thought. There is a branch of psychology known as Positive Psychology which is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Our Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) today is designed to help you create contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. This does not come naturally (to most people) but it is a choice to view life positively and takes practice to create.
In this week’s Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) we suggest creating an environment in which this can be done – by surrounding ourselves with other positive people. We also need to reduce our exposure to negative thinking. A survey of watching news on TV was taken and the results show below:
Question: Watching the news on TV makes me…
- happier – 3%
- less happy – 32%
- no effect – 19%
- depressed – 46%
The results speak for itself. Visual messages are extremely powerful. Negative news sells! It also creates fear, which creates negativity, which creates depression which creates……………………..
By using some of the ideas suggested in this weeks Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) you are all ready making improvements to your health.
Take a moment to recall yourself at a time in life when you felt happiest.
Write a little story about this time and reflect on the personal strengths you displayed in the story and the happiness you felt at that time.
During the coming week, review this story every day and reflect on that happiness.
Doing this for thirty days will, of course, be much more powerful, but could we still call it Ridiculously Simple?
Your comments and suggestions are invited on this blog post. Thankyou