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Think and grow happy: memo to Clive Hamilton

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Talk about re-inventing the wheel! People have come up with the idea that thinking happy thoughts will make you happier.

Every night, she was to think of three good things that happened that day and analyze why they occurred. That was supposed to increase her overall happiness.

“I thought it was too simple to be effective,” said Miller, 44, of Bethesda. Md. “I went to Harvard. I’m used to things being complicated.”

Miller was assigned the task as homework in a master’s degree program. But as a chronic worrier, she knew she could use the kind of boost the exercise was supposed to deliver.

She got it.

“The quality of my dreams has changed, I never have trouble falling asleep and I do feel happier,” she said.

So what is surprising? It is a commonplace of counselling and therapy, even of commonsense, that we can make ourselves miserable by negative “self talk”, rubbishing ourselves for mistakes, large and small. Obviously the self-talk effect can go the other way. It is just a matter of being motivated enough to do the simple exercise on a regular basis.

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Written by Admin

November 27, 2006 at 10:49 pm

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  1. I didn’t know Clive Hamilton was into Amway!

    skepticlawyer

    November 27, 2006 at 11:21 pm

  2. I agree, Rafe. Clive needs a great deal of help and counselling sessions. He seems so lost in this society that a few good sessions and some happy pills could get this poor guy out of this unhappy vortex.

    I’m hoping Clive makes it. Let’s all wish the clivemeister the best of luck in his pursuit of happiness.

    JC.

    November 27, 2006 at 11:58 pm


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