Have you ever noticed how some people can affect your whole day, either positively or negatively? There is so much wrong with this broken-down old world that it is all too easy to get caught-up in somebody else’s bad mood. But I’ve found the solution: I vaccinate myself against bad moods by focusing my attention on the things that make me happy.
Here are some things that make me happy:
Dogs—there’s just something irresistible about a wagging tail and a lolling tongue.
Cats—you’ve got to admire an animal that demands your respect before giving you their friendship.
Children—for a fresh perspective that will really open your eyes, spend the day with a child. Their spirituality and understanding are far deeper than most adults realize.
Friends—both close friends and acquaintances make life so much more bearable. The latter can evolve into the former with time and care.
Flowers—I was walking by the train tracks, which is usually the ugliest part of town. In spring there are always poppies by the train tracks, and the scent of magnolias was in the air.
Writing—my friend, Laurie (one of those close kind mentioned above), suggested that I get back into daily writing. I’ve taken that to heart, and find that I’m happiest when I’m writing.
Bicycling—I had just gotten my bike out of storage after two years, and I noticed that everybody I rode past gave me a big smile. Then I passed a window and saw my reflection with a huge, goofy grin. Everybody had been reflecting that grin back at me.
My girly toolkit—check it out! What man would ever walk off with these tools? All I have to do is pull out my little pink hammer and the next thing I know I’m smiling.
So, what is it in your life that can vaccinate you against a bad mood?