Category: Health

Thinking Yourself Healthy: Unhappiness Is Self-Created

••• Caroline was not a happy woman. S he saw herself as a victim of circumstances. She blamed her unhappiness on a long list of external factors (other people, the economy, the weather, the government, her employer…), never dreaming that her…

Thinking Yourself Happy: Nobody’s Perfect!

••• Harry wanted the perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect home.  At age thirty-nine he was still unmarried, unemployed, and living in a tenement. His quest for perfection had made it virtually impossible for Harry to be satisfied with the…

Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Dangers of Faulty Positive Thinking

••• Isaac suffered from what could be called “blinding optimism.”  He focused          exclusively on the bright side of life, on all the good events.  By sweeping harsh realities under the rug, he was often taken by surprise when unmistakably negative circumstances arose.  He was…

Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Tyranny of the Should

••• Al could not understand why he had no close friends. He saw himself as honest and caring. What he did not realize was that he had so many shoulds, oughts and musts that it was impossible to be around him without…

Thinking Yourself Healthy: How to Be Happier by Thinking Healthier

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• “I’m actually very pleased that Joe broke off our relationship.  ” None of Elaine’s friends believed her.  It was evident to them that she was really very hurt and puzzled by Joe’s behavior.  By rationalizing,…

Thinking Yourself Healthy: How You Think So Shall You Feel

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Gina complained that she felt down or upset a lot of the time. “I have no control over the way I feel,” she said.  When she learned that her thoughts were largely responsible for her feelings,…