Monday, December 11, 2017

How to Feel Good

Are you a moody person...?

Do you have mood swings”...? 

Do you want to be always in a good mood”...?

I constantly try to be in a good mood”. 

Being in a good mood makes me “Feel Good”. 

Let me tell you how I try to do this. 

Long ago – I read a story called THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY 

The protagonist of the story, Walter Mitty, fantasises that he leads an exciting and heroic life in order to escape his humdrum existence.

It was from this story that I got the idea that you can use your thoughts to drive your feelings and swing your moods.

It is easier said than done – but I keep trying my best. 

Let me share my Self Help “Mantra” for Moody Persons with you.

Self Help – How to be Happy 

I am a “moody” person.

That is my nature.

Since I am a “moody person” – I have “mood swings”.

Owing to my “mood swings” – I am prone to negative emotions like anger and depression – and worse – I wear my emotions on my sleeve – so everyone can see my “mood”.

Hence – whenever I start feeling depressed, angry or experience negative emotions – I try to “swing” my mood to the positive side.

Mostly  I succeed – but – on a few occasions – I am not so successful in “swinging” my mood totally. 

Since I cannot fake my emotions – I endeavour to change my emotions – and I keep trying my best to get into a “good mood”. 

Before I “pontificate” on how to “swing” your mood – let me tell you a bit about the “Emotion – Mood – Temperament” continuum – and why it is important for you to remain in a “good mood”.


EMOTION is a response to a “stimulus” (or situation).

This “stimulus” can be either external (outside you) or internal (inside you).

MOOD is a long duration feeling as compared to emotion.

Emotions come and go – but Mood persists.

Emotion is short-lived – it remains as long as the trigger (stimulus) remains.

But – Mood remains for some time – even after the stimulus goes away.

And – sometimes – mood may not need a specific stimulus.

TEMPERAMENT – When Mood persists for a long period it becomes Temperament.

Yes – “Temperament” is “Long Term Mood”

In turbulent situations – Emotion comes First – for example – whenever you are in danger – leading to impulsive action to save you from that danger (fight or flight response).

In normal situations – Thought comes First – and then – Emotion Follows

However – there are some moody persons (like me) – who are volatile by nature – and they wear their emotions on their sleeve – so they emotionally react impulsively without thinking. 

This impulsive emotional nature affects their mood and if repeated over time it affects their temperament too. 

I am one such moody and temperamental person – and – I am trying my best to practice what I am going to preach below. 


It is desirable that THOUGHT precedes EMOTION.

If you can manage your THOUGHTS – you can manage your EMOTIONS – and consequently – you will be able to manage your MOOD and TEMPERAMENT.

This may be easy for you – but for a “moody” person like me – this is easier said than done.


Thoughts play a very important role in your life – whereas your feelings can make or break you – and also affect the lives of others around you.

Very often – we let our Attitudes or Feelings hold sway over our lives – rather than let our Thoughts govern our lives.

You let your Feelings drive your Thoughts.

You do not realize that Thoughts drive Actions – and – Actions produce Results.

These Results produce more Feelings.

And these Feelings – in turn – drive your Thoughts.

This leads to a “vicious circle” – which may ultimately lead to loss of self-control.

If you start off with negative feelings – you start this “vicious circle”: 
“Feeling –> Thought –> Action –> Result –> Feeling –> Thought –>…” 

This vicious cycle where feelings control your life can spiral into depression or anger.


Feelings are not totally controllable – especially for a “moody” person like me. 

You may try to “fake” your emotions to the outside world – but inside – you know what you feel. 

Many times – Feelings are produced by external circumstances beyond your control.

If Negative Feelings are allowed to drive your Thoughts and Actions – then Undesirable Results may emanate.

These Undesirable Results in turn produce further not-so-good Feelings – and – the vicious cycle continues.

This is true for any unpleasant or negative Feelings – like anger, envy, worry, disgust or hatred – which tend to drive our Thoughts and Actions – and negativity quickly takes charge of our lives.

An analysis of other options indicates that both Actions and Results are not suitable alternative drivers – since they are not totally controllable – and will not always be pleasing.

The best solution is to establish THOUGHT as the driver – because it is controllable – and – we can get good Results.


Your Thoughts are in your control – because you can choose what you want to think about.

Moreover – there is a matter of choice.

It is very much in your control to think Good and Interesting Thoughts.

The happiest persons are those who think the most interesting and good thoughts.

The human mind cannot totally prevent poor quality thoughts from arising – but you can choose whether or not to dwell on them.

You can move your mind from dwelling on poor quality thoughts by selecting alternative beneficial or pleasant thoughts to focus on.

Choosing to be driven by Thoughts – and – then controlling those Thoughts – will get you the best possible Results.

Positive Thoughts lead to good performance (right actions) 

Right Actions yield desirable results. 

Desirable Results in turn produce good feelings.

Good Feelings are conducive to better thoughts. 

And – progressively – this positively reinforcing cycle facilitates a high degree of self-control  and an overall feeling of happiness.

When good thoughts are combined with good potential – the results can be remarkable.

Thus – the very basis of self-control is:

Refuse to allow our Feelings to control our Responses. 

Instead – dwell on good, pleasant, joy-producing Positive Thoughts.

Develop and apply your skill to control your thoughts.

Certain NLP techniques like Swish Pattern are highly effective in achieving this.

By “Positive Thinking” you can gain mastery over controlling your thoughts and thereby letting your thoughts govern your lives.

“Good Thoughts” will make you “Feel Good”.

“Feel Good” will generate “Positive Feelings”.

“Positive Feelings” will make you perform “Good Actions”.

“Good Actions” will produce “Good Results”.

“Good Results” in turn will produce “Good Thoughts”.

And – this positive reinforcing spiral will keep you in a good mood.

That is the key to a happy and healthy life.

It works.

You can take my word for it.

Let me end with a quote from the famous Stoic philosopher Epictetus:

Some things are under our control  others are not. 

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: 

Some things are within our control  and some things are not. 

It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule – and learned to distinguish between what you can and cannot control  that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.

~ Epictetus


Thinking interesting thoughts is fully within your control. 

On the other hand – your feelings” may be dependent on things beyond your control.

Hence – Dear Reader: 

Do not let your feelings drive your thoughts – but – take charge of your thoughts – and  try to ensure that your thoughts drive your feelings – and – “swing” your mood by thinking happy thoughts.

Yes – you can swing” your mood by thinking happy thoughts 

And – when you are in a good mood – you will “Feel Good


Be Happy.

May you always keep your emotions in check by thinking interesting thoughts.

May you always be in a good mood – and may you have a happy, optimistic and calm temperament.

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