By Dr. Nancy Buck
Are you happy in your life right now?
Are all of your important relationships on solid footing?
Are you engaged in work that is meaningful and satisfying to you while benefitting others?
Are you physically healthy?
Are you as spiritually connected as you want to be?
Do you frequently think in challenging and creative ways?
Despite what you were told by your teachers and your parents, daydreaming is essential for a healthy body, mind and spirit. When you spend time imagining your life and the world as it could be you are gaining emotional strength.
When you spend time simply dreaming of what could be, you are opening to the possibilities of even more miracles and happiness in your life.
And this dreaming might just contribute to you taking the necessary action to make some of these dreams and imaginings come true!
DREAM – BELIEVE – RECEIVE – GIVE THANKS
By Dr. Ken Larsen
William James, whom some credit with being the father of American Psychology, once proclaimed, “I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing.”
This simple yet profound statement points to the interconnection between what we do and how we feel. Dr. Wm. Glasser points to what he calls “total behavior”. Total behavior is recognizing the interplay between what we do, the ways we think, our emotions and our physiology.
We can only control our actions. What we do shapes our thinking, which then impacts how we feel. Finally, as we are learning, our thinking and emotions tie into our physiology, and our mental and physical health.
The placebo effect shows us how what we believe has an effect on our health and well being. Then there is the “nocebo” effect. When we believe we are miserable and lonely, we probably will be.
We have a choice here. We can let the way we feel rule our lives, or we can have some control over the way we feel by what we choose to do. We can learn from Anna in “The King and I”
While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows I’m afraid
The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well