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We See The World Behind Our Eyes May 18, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, People.

We create our reality by the thoughts that we think.

If we are in a dark and gloomy place in our mind, that darkness is reflected back to us.  If we are full of light and hope and peace and joy, that is what is reflected back to us.

Don’t believe me?

Imagine that you are in a bad mood because you feel misunderstood and unappreciated.  You are walking around the supermarket, with a frown on your face.  Your life feels like one big chore after another.

Because of the scowl on your face, no one in the store smiles at you, which reinforces your view of the world as a negative place filled with negative people.

You scowl some more.  Your energy level continues to drop. You feel worse.

This downward spiral (of your own creation) continues until something or someone snaps you out of it ~ causing you to switch from negative thinking to more positive thoughts.

Contrast the previous example with walking around the same store, in a good mood. You smile at the people you meet. They smile back. You feel your positive energy reflected back to you, and it makes you feel even better. The world is a wonderful place, filled with wonderful people.

We get what we give.

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1. Richard W Scott - May 18, 2010

In my experience this is true.

…to take it a bit further, just changing your posture and (forcing) a smile uplifts the spirit. The mind can take cues from the body as well as the other way round.

Put on a happy act, and the mind will buy into it. You WILL be happy.

2. nrhatch - May 18, 2010

I agree 100%.

The Art of Happiness – Part 2 included experimenting with a simple smile.

Simply smiling is an instant mood elevator.

3. granny1947 - May 18, 2010

I agree with you.It is like throwing a stone into a pond.Throw a bad stone and you get negative vibes…throw a good one and the response is good…try to tell my grandkids that!

nrhatch - May 18, 2010

With age and experience, comes wisdom . . . if we’re lucky. ; )

4. Barbara Gunn - May 18, 2010

When there is nobody else around smile at the person in your mirror!

nrhatch - May 18, 2010

For some reason, your comment brought long forgotten lyrics to a Bluegrass song to my attention:

Smile, smile, laugh for awhile
Good times don’t come easy
Smile, smile, bring it on home
That’s one thing that would please me

nrhatch - May 18, 2010

Barbara ~ I tried to post the following comment on “Grandma’s Little Man” but blogspot was being difficult:

Excellent post, Barbara. How often do we reject the “gifts” we are given, because we see them as impositions?

5. Joanne - May 19, 2010

My new motto: It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re laughing AT me or WITH me… as long as I made you laugh… or crack a smile 😀

nrhatch - May 19, 2010


He deserves paradise who makes his companions laugh! ~ The Koran

6. cindy - May 19, 2010

This is just brilliant Nancy, you’re summed up my life philosophy perfectly!

nrhatch - May 19, 2010

I always look for the laughter . . .

We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.

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