“Has joy any survival value in the operation of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy, there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.” Edward Abbey
Are you struggling with an attitude that seems to keep wanting to tend toward the negative? Get ACTIVE, get OUT, and have FUN! Remember that attitude follows ACTION. Here’s what some pretty smart folks have to say about staying active:
“The secret to being miserable is having the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.” George Bernard Shaw
“Be a participant in the developing cosmos.” Neil Tyson
“I’m too busy; I have no time for worry!” Sir Winston Churchill
“A lack of nature seems to cause physical and mental health problems, while an exposure to nature seems to improve physical and mental health.” Mark Sisson
Do not underestimate the power of taking your mind off what you perceive to be your “problems.” Besides getting a break, it also helps to get busy with something that engages the conscious and lets the creative sub-conscious go to work on the issue. Oftentimes you will find that when you return to work a solution to the challenge will pop into your head.
While you are getting active (hopefully with something fun), get outside, too. Getting outside literally changes our perspective. Our vision and thought patterns both change when we are outside, and it is believed that this is due, at least in part, to the longer view. While we are indoors, we rarely have to focus beyond a very small part of our range of vision.
Consider for a moment: Most of the times when you have come in from outdoor activities, are your spirits improved over when you went out?
“I have observed that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Martha Washington
From Dan Wold’s April 4th email – the drummer in our band.