01 Oct Sometimes, happiness is NOT doing
by Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)
Just like me, I’m sure there are things that upset you…
…and just like me, you probably react in different ways at different times.
But what if you didn’t react at all!
Some time ago, I realised that one of the most powerful and effective strategies for responding to distress or difficult circumstances was … not doing anything. Because I realised that I didn’t have to do anything!
So often so many of us think we have to respond; that we have to react to people or situations because they’re bad or wrong. But we don’t. Quite simply, we an choose to do something or choose to do nothing. And in many instances, the latter may well be the best option.
Imagine, for example, that someone threw a dart at you. You could try to catch it; but that would risk you injuring yourself. You could try to catch it and then throw it back; but would make you just as bad as the person who threw the dart in the first place. Or you could just gently swerve out of the way and let the dart pass you by; in short, you could not react at all.
Now this option of non-reactivity might not always be appropriate; but do you think it might be worth considering and utilising at least some of the time?
…So that’s today’s mailing. Take some time to reflect upon the message and how it might apply to you. Check out, also, the links below for some additional readings and resources.
I hope it helps you enjoy some more happiness. Until next time…
Keep well & keep smiling
Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)