Happy thoughts make you fly
If happiness were a magic pill, it would be a great business to make money, but the truth is that it is not. Because being happy takes effort and determination that comes with practice. It also implies belief. However, if this can be achieved without a pill, there will be benefits without side effects.
In the Peter Pan story, children were told that if they had happy thoughts they would fly, and indeed they did. Now this may have just been a story, but it rings true if you think your mind can control your emotions. We often try unsuccessfully to control our emotions, but control what you think and your emotions will follow, maybe not right away, but they sure don’t want to be left behind for long. There is some truth to the saying that “what you focus on grows.” So if you are constantly thinking that you are no good, then you probably are. Of course, your thoughts can and will be influenced by outside voices, but only you can choose what you will hear. It goes without saying that if you fill your gasoline car with diesel, it just won’t work. Likewise, we were made to prosper with good and wholesome words. Because words can nourish you, but they can also kill! Today much attention is paid to what we see, but what is heard and therefore felt is often less obvious. However, it is equally important and must be protected.
When you wake up in the morning, what is your first thought? Is it a terrible worry caused by the movie of the previous nights? Is it an unhappy thought fueled by your angry feelings about the mess you find when you walk into the kitchen to make your first cup of tea? Do you feed on the frustrations and failures of others through gossip or soap operas? These things can wear away any happiness you’ve ever had, unless you quickly replace them with words of encouragement. We can decide to act instead of react!
Yes, happy thoughts can make you fly during the day, but you have to put them there. I like listening to uplifting music or reading positive words (like in the Bible) to get me on the right track for the day and guide my thoughts before I go to sleep. Never assume anything. Express those thoughts that describe your positive and warm feelings and watch those around you grow. On the other hand, it is not always necessary to express our negative thoughts if we do not want to screw things up. There is a time and place to do that, but waiting until the fire is out will often take away the pain and help turn an unhappy situation into a happier one.
Children love Eeyore in Winnie The Pooh, but he is full of regrettable comments that discourage others from wanting to be around him for too long. If you’re unhappy, don’t wait for someone else to cheer you on. If you make the first positive move before it’s too late, the happiness you give them will come back like a boomerang.
Most children are happy people by nature. It is true that they have little to worry about, but nonetheless, they can teach us as much as we can teach them about that happy emotion. It needs to be nurtured and highly valued. Teaching them about this emotion can be tricky, but it certainly shouldn’t be ignored or taken for granted. As adults, we can help them keep the emotion of happiness alive.