Shake that bad mood
A philosopher was sitting in the shade of a tree next to a beautiful small lake when a troubled young man approached and introduced himself: “Sir, my name is Ben, and I’m miserable all the time. I’ve been searching far and wide for a wise person who can tell me why I’m always so unhappy. Can you help me?”
The older man paused, and then asked his visitor to fill a cup with water from the lake.
Ben filled the cup. The philosopher then took a handful of salt from his bag and sprinkled it in the water. “Drink this, and tell me how it tastes,” he instructed. Ben managed only a sip and exclaimed, “That tastes terrible!”
Then the philosopher led Ben down to the lakeshore. He dropped a handful of salt into the water, waited a moment and then told Ben to drink from the lake.
“Do you taste the salt?”
“No,” Ben said, “it dissolved in the water.”
The philosopher nodded. “The pain of life is like salt. It tasted the same no matter what, but how strong it tastes depends on what we put it into. To ease your pain, learn to expand yourself. Don’t be the cup – be the lake.”
Shaking a bad mood is important to functioning at your best. The worst thing you can do when you’re in a bad mood is wallow in it, according to “Psychology Today.”
Bad moods usually come from tension and low energy, according to the magazine. A short, brisk walk or some other exercise can increase your energy, reduce your stress and improve your mood. Listening to music may prompt you to remember a good mood or a good time and produce a conditioned response that makes you feel better.
Most people can manage to do one or both of those things. At least it’s a starting point.
If that’s not enough to bring about an attitude adjustment, here are some other ways to beat a bad mood. Take up a new interest. Sign up for a class in something you’ve always been interested in but don’t know much about. Start a new hobby or get out and volunteer for a cause you care about. Getting active will help you move beyond your present mood and connect you to new people and interests.
My favorite way to lift my mood is to be around people who are happy. I love spending time with friends who are experts at seeing the silver lining in tarnished situations. One of those friends shared this marvelous story of a restaurant owner named Jerry.