Metaphors Can Make You Happy

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In an article in the Positive Psychology News Daily, David Pollay interviewed Clara Font, a 107 year-old woman with a great attitude. During the interview, Clara says two things in passing, but she says them as statements of fact. They are metaphors she lives by:

1. Life is a gift.
2. Every day is an opportunity.

Each one of these ways of looking at life are comparison reframes. Life is a gift compared to dying or suffering the horror of someone you love dying, for example. But life doesn't feel like a gift if you compare your life to some ideal like being a millionaire with no problems.

If you looked at your own life with the perspective (through the frame) of those two statements, you would find it raises your mood. Try it.

In other words, say to yourself, "Life is a gift." And then answer the question, "In what ways is life a gift?" Once you start thinking about it, the answers are numerous and they all stem from comparing your situation to something worse. Situations worse than yours are easy to come up with.

Several times today, say one of those statements to yourself and think about how it is true.

You are alive. You might as well enjoy that fact, and using Clara's two metaphors can help.

Read more here:
Are You The One?

Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of Viewfinder: How to Change the Way You Look at Things.


Fred Miller 7:52 AM  

When I eat breakfast, I take each bite and think, "I am awesome. My wife is awesome. My kid is awesome. I make people feel good. People come to me to feel good. I am needed and important."

I did the opposite for many years, telling myself I was no good and I never would be. All that crap. I thought it would make me better. Then one of my martial arts friends said, "You wouldn't let anyone else talk to you that way, would you?" I said, no, and cut it out right then. Changed my life.


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