INJECTING JOY: Pursuing Happiness in Pandemic Times
“Change how you look at things and the things you look at will change.”
– Dr. Wayne Dyer, PHD
“You feel good, not because the world is right, but the world is right because you feel good.”
– Dr. Abraham Maslow, MD
Our natural state is JOY! Love is who we are, because love is our Source. Every human being feels better when they are extending love. It is your thoughts, not the world around you, that cause you stress, anxiety, guilt, anger, loneliness, and resentment. Knowing this is good news, because it puts power back into our own hands. However, our powerlessness feels exaggerated when living through a pandemic.
You can change your thoughts, the stories you tell yourself in your head, which change your feelings as well. Thoughts can also affect your body chemistry. We know from science the toll stress takes on our health. We are not powerless, though, but have choices in each moment as to what we invite in and entertain as part of our thinking. You can monitor your negative and fear based thinking by paying attention to your thoughts.
Examples of fearful thinking that can cause unhappiness:
- I would rather be right then be happy.
- Success is measured in dollars and accumulations, rather than happiness and contentment.
- Feeling superior to others is more important then being kind to them.
- I’m not getting what I want, so I create a story in my head of unfairness.
- I am subject to the laws of luck and chance.
- I am overly-concerned about what others think of me.
- I am not smart enough, creative enough, or good-looking enough.
“If you want to experience happiness, make someone else happy. If you want to experience something in your life, be the source of it for another.”
– Barbara Marx Hubbard
We can always decide to make conscious choices, selecting more positive and loving thoughts that will create good feelings within us. Some examples for shifting our thinking and feelings that can create happier and more joyful experiences:
- Spend some time each week in silent meditation with your inner Source.
- Become involved in activities that are creative and bring joy.
- Connect with people who are positive and uplifting.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and awe for your life.
Remember, you can always choose what each situation and every interpersonal experience means for you. It is always your decision even during Covid-19!
“View events in your life without distortions. Mindfully let go of negative stories repeated there and dispel the doubts they generate.”
– The Art of Living Truly Present
Questions for joyful self-expansion:
- Identify negative thinking.
- What illusions from my life have I mixed-up with my essential (true) self?
- How can I see my painful past as a lesson and even a gift?
- What does my ‘loving inner self” sound like for me?
- How can I listen to this more intently and create a happier life?
- What can I learn about myself, as I live through this pandemic?