Then I Won’t Feel So Bad
If we are thinking about negative things constantly, it’s more than likely we aren’t feeling terribly happy. Hopefully, most of you have seen the classic musical The Sound of Music. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it, as it’s one of the most iconic musicals (pretty much ever) starring Julie Andrews. Her character, Maria, has the most positive attitude about life in general and seems genuinely happy despite some of the hardships we see her go through. One of its most popular songs “My Favorite Things”, discusses how when you are scared or sad, you think of your favorite things “and then I don’t feel so bad.” Could this be an actual thing?
I talked to a friend of mine the other day and she told me an interesting tidbit about her four-year-old daughter. Every time she asks her “what are you thinking about?”, the toddler mentions her favorite things like a happy list that constantly runs on repeat in her head. I should also mention this child seems to bring up the “favorites” list even when she seems upset or sad. Even though prone to tantrums like most young kids, it appears that she’s pretty happy overall. But her method and happy list got me thinking: is there a way to boost your mood or increase your positivity when thinking about your favorite things?
This article from Greatist mentions how to boost your mood in less than 10 minutes. It recommends laughing, or listening to a happy song, or doing something that feels nice, like a massage. And while these don’t exactly include thinking about your favorite things, technically they get your mindset in a place to do so. This really speaks to how we, as people, have the ability to shape our attitudes and overall outlook on life. These actions have the ability to remind you that there are still good things out there, despite what may be happening in your life when things get challenging.
It’s easy to slip into a negative mindset, but I think we should take Maria and the four-year old’s thought process to heart. If you start to feel down, or you’re going through a rough patch, there has to be at least one thing you can think of that makes you a teeny bit happy. If you find another and another, then you might not feel so bad. I’m not saying positive thoughts are a cure-all, but they can certainly provide relief and a more positive frame of mind to help you take on life’s challenges.
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