“Your emotional reaction is generated not by the sentences you are reading but by the way you are thinking. The moment you have a certain thought and believe it, you will experience an immediate emotional response. Your thought actually creates the emotion.”David D. Burns M.D., Feeling Good
How we perceive the world around us, how we think about it, affects how we feel about it.
I recently completed a mindfulness course, and one of the exercises was to remember a happy thought. As I did, I smiled involuntarily.
Pay attention to how you perceive the world around you. Ask yourself if it is working for you?
If it is great.
If not, you can look into whether there are any distortions in your thinking. Correct those distortions and you’ll feel better.
For context I should point out that this is from a book on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A core part of which is paying attention to how we perceive the world around us, and whether those perceptions are valid or useful.