Quickly Shifting My Mood

Every person craves more happiness and less suffering.

I think this universal desire unites us all; no matter who you are, I assume that you want to feel good as often as possible. I can also assume that, like me, there are moments every day that lead you to feel negative emotions – anger, sadness, loneliness, etc.

We all know intellectually that there are people who have it worse than we do. I can rattle off dozens of scenarios that make me cringe and count my blessings that I have the life that I do. The problem is that in my moments of sadness, anger and hurt these mental ideas offer me no real comfort. “Yeah, yeah, I’m lucky to live the way that I do.” I grumble to myself, but my emotional state doesn’t change and I remain in a bad mood.

unhappy little girl

But over the past few years I’ve created a simple technique to quickly shift my perspective so that I’m feeling grateful and blessed and I want to share it with you.

happy boy

I’ve realized that a fast way to shift my emotional state is to use videos. My thoughts and emotions can be quickly influenced by the combination of sound and visuals. So I’ve created a file in my email system and one on my iPad. These two files are called “Shifting Perspectives” and “Feeling Better”. When I find a video that moves me emotionally – a soldier coming home and greeting his daughter at school, a man tearing up as he holds his newborn baby, a devoted dog comforting its master, and the best – a baby cackling with laughter over the simplest thing – I send it to myself as an email and add it to my folder.

When I realize that my mood is sinking, I try to remember to go to this folder right away. I know that there is no prize for staying blue; my perspective isn’t validated because I sit in it and talk about my unhappiness for hours. If I need to share with someone in order to resolve a situation, then I call a close friend or my mom and do that, and then I get down to the task of shifting my emotional state.

I know that my best solutions will come not from my negative emotional state but from a positive, empowered one. Once I’ve shifted and I feel more optimistic I’m more creative, powerful and kind.

Here is one of my favorites to get you started:


About christine2244

Medical Intuitive, Author, Corporate Speaker, Intuitive Consultant
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5 Responses to Quickly Shifting My Mood

  1. Susan Ackerman says:

    Oh my gosh…who knew a rubberband could be so very entertaining and it only cost about one cent. What does that say about child-like curiosity as we get older? Think how expensive our toys are and I don’t see many laughing like that. Maybe those little babies could teach us a valuable lesson about how wonderful it is to truly be in the present moment.

  2. Cindy Linn says:

    I LOVE this idea, Christine! Thank you so much.. a fool proof negative mood buster for sure 🙂

  3. Charlene Watkins says:

    Love this video. The laughter is contagious……..could not keep from smiling (actually laughing out loud) Definitely the first going into my “let’s feed better” file.

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