Turn bad news into good news
When it seems like the bad news keeps on coming
Yesterday I had a much dreaded follow up appointment with the specialist.
I was feeling slightly nervous, mainly because of recent experiences, and was certainly not jumping for joy, while I remembered the pain of my last visit and the Mohs surgery.
After my appointment, where I was told, further treatment could be necessary, I admit I did feel a little down and out.
I had been thinking of the past surgeries and pain instead of being thankful that my specialist was keeping ahead of the game and looking out for me.
But it was only when I got home, and received a sympathetic hug from a loved one that I started feeling slightly better and was able to see the positive in the negative experience.
Not all research is helpful research
When we receive bad health news, it is natural to feel worried and start searching the internet for information about our condition.
Often we are warned by our specialists not to go looking on the internet, as all is definitely not what it seems, and we can certainly start to worry unnecessarily and push our stress levels up more as a result of our findings.
Research tells us that there are benefits of feeling happy and joyous
Would it not be better to practice things that make us happy instead? Maybe a visit to a beach, or enjoying a lovely treed garden would be better than hunching over the internet findings, spreading alarm and stress throughout our bodies?
When we experience joy, our bodies release two types of neurotransmitters in our brains which are called Dopamine and Serotonin.
Both of these chemicals are associated with happiness. Research tells us that some people who have clinical depression could have much lower levels of serotonin- Read more here
The benefits of feeling happiness and joy
- Fights off stress and pain symptoms
- Boosts our immune systems
- Is thought to lower our heart rates and blood pressure
- Promotes a healthier lifestyle
The difference between happiness and joy
Happiness is an emotion that gives us satisfaction and pleasure, but joyfulness is a stronger, longer term state that gives us contentment and inner peace.
I have always loved the saying “Jump for joy“.
It creates a picture for me of pure joy. When I think of all the things that I am grateful for, I always picture my loved ones, especially, children and grandchildren.
I reflect on happier times and count my blessings.
By seeking out positive people to enjoy laughter with, or by reaching out to others, it is a certainly a better way to deal with our worrying, than hiding away with our sorrow and fear.
The world is a bit messed up right now, and many of us are coping with all sorts of things that are challenging.
If you can find that little thing that will give you a feeling of happiness and joy, no matter how small, then now is certainly the time to look for it!
©2021 gentlelifehacks.com| Author| Kathryn