Monday, January 21, 2008

Life's Equation

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to them.

How true that is. After all if we had 80% or more events happening to us throughout our lifetimes' we would be pretty high-strung people. And we definitely would not be able to take the time to enjoy life. Whatever happens to us, good or bad, how we react to them determines the outcome of the situations. One bad choice can make even a good situation go awry, and a good choice might be able to turn a bad situation around.

What it all boils down to is our attitude towards life. How we see ourselves and the way in which we respond to the challenges thrown at us in life determines our growth as a person and; affecting our emotional, social and physical health. According to attitude is "a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways". How can such a simple thing affect our lives? Well, in more ways then one. If we are happy doing something, at least it would get by faster and we don't feel miserable; we would be happy and face it being happy is better than feeling miserable. Isn't it?

On the other hand, if we do something we don't like that much, and simply have a bad attitude while doing it, it not only affects our mood but the people around us as well. If life was to be lived to the fullest, why not live life to the fullest happily no matter the situation instead of being pessimistic with a bad attitude and being miserable?

It's easy to feel miserable, but it’s more challenging to stay happy and remember all the good things that have happened to us. It doesn't have to be anything on a large scale in order to make us happy - perfect weather, good times spent with family and friends, having a job or even having shelter over our heads can allow us a reason to simply be happy. I'm sure if we think really; all the happy precious moments would emerge from our memories. Our brain has the funny innate ability to remember all the unfortunate things that have happened to us, it takes effort to remember the happy times in our moments of despair.

Sometimes it’s having a good attitude that can prevent us from spiraling into the abyss of depression. The more we obsess about our state of desperation, the more desperate we become. When we fall the faster we pick our selves up the quicker we can get to our destination: mopping around all does is not going to get us anywhere. It's not impossible to be or stay happy; it’s just difficult to maintain it.

Having a good attitude towards life is more than just conditioning our mind to think a certain way; it’s a way of life.

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