“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
Daily Nugget of Gold 1286
Wellness thru Happiness
Wait… shouldn’t that be the other way around? Give that some thought for a minute, then we’ll begin.
Okay, hopefully you’ve taken a little time to think about the relationship between happiness and wellness. Is this one of those “which came first, the chicken or the egg” questions? Oddly enough, no. Not if we want to fully grasp the important impact happiness has on wellness. There probably are some folks out there who were thinking that we really can’t be fully happy if we aren’t well, but that’s not exactly true, is it? Some folks pull this off with ease.
If we examine closely the relationship between mood and sickness, we might discover that there’s a greater connection there than meets the eye. People who are sick are often focused on feeling down. They look to others to help them feel better. One thing noticed by some people is the fact that they often feel better when they go to the doctor. We’re not talking about when they’ve been treated by the doctor… no, we’re talking about when they got into the waiting room. On the face of it, this makes no sense at all. Why would anyone start to feel better as soon as they got into a waiting room full of sick and coughing people? Has this happened to you? Hopefully so, for you’re in for an “ah-ha” moment.
Mind has entered into the equation again. People have told us and continue to tell us that if we are sick, we’ll feel better if we “go to the doctor”. No one says, ‘after the doctor treats you, you’ll feel better.”. They just say “go to the doctor”. Well, you DID. Now you’re better. Simple, huh? Think a bit on the profundity of that.
So what of happiness and wellness? It seems that one of the easiest things we can do to avoid illness is not to entertain being sick. We should act happy and healthy, doing the things we would do if we were. Walking briskly, looking at what we’re grateful for, dwelling on our blessings- these are things most sick people don’t do. We left out the biggie on this one on purpose. Do you know what it is?
We need more space to address that one so we’ll devote an entire session to it. For now, just give some thought to what we said here. Take control of your mood and you will find that you will control much more than that. Be well!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I work on becoming happier when I am just beginning to feel sick?”
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