From Sad to Happy

SONY DSCWhen we are having a negative thought or find ourselves stuck in a stream of uncomfortable thought/ feelings, there is a simple technique for regaining our sense of balance and calm.

Find the feeling you are having on the emotion scale and acknowledge this feeling in your body.

This may mean you need to sit and feel the ‘bad’ feeling for a moment and make an intention to change your mind; affirm your intention with a simple affirmation, ‘I AM willing to change’.

Look for a thought that feels slightly better than the one you are having.

For example if you feel angry at your partner, instead of thinking ‘I am angry’ or ‘It is his fault’ you may think something along the lines of ‘he has nice eyes’ or ‘it’s only one moment ‘ or ‘we do the best we can, with what we know’.

With little, better feeling thoughts, moment by moment we lift ourselves out of our negative holding pattern.

This could also be viewed as an effective forgiveness technique.

One emotion at a time we head toward JOY!

Scale depicted from apex to rock bottom

Joy/Knowledge/Freedom/Love/Appreciation Passion
Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness

Positive Expectation/Belief Optimism

Hopefulness

Contentment

Boredom

Pessimism

Frustration/Irritation/Impatience

Overwhelming Disappointment

Doubt

Worry

Blame

Discouragement

Anger

Revenge

Hatred/Rage

Jealousy

Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness

Fear/Guilt/Depression/Despair/Powerless

It isn’t always easy to go from sadness to happiness, BUT we can use the scale of emotions to help us take one step at a time.

I AM

choosing positive thoughts, creating new attitudes and enjoying a better life! 

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