Depressed? Or, happy?

Are you feeling depressed or happy? Or, neither? Or, something in between depressed and happy?

Are you feeling joyful, cheerful, lucky, blessed, satisfied or content?

Or, are you feeling sad, gloomy, somber, pensive, blue or troubled?

Are you feeling optimistic or pessimistic?

Some people act as if they’re happy all the time. But it’s unrealistic to think that you can be happy all the time.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve tried to be more aware of exactly how I am feeling during any specific moment. The result is that I can be more authentic with myself and with others.

I have worked hard to respond  to other people and to life with my thoughts and my feelings. My natural response is to respond first with feelings and then with thoughts, and I believe that most people are either primarily feelers or primarily thinkers. Since I am primarily a feeler, I have had to teach myself through therapy and self-training to listen to my thoughts and process them—and then to consider my feelings.

I also have trained myself to be more aware of the messages I am saying to myself about myself. We all have self-doubts that linger from our childhood, and, more often than not, we are hard on ourselves. I have worked to erase my negative tapes.

I am pleased if I am feeling good more than 50 percent of the time. And, when I’m not feeling so good, I give myself credit for knowing how I’m feeling and why I’m feeling that way. It has taken me a long time to learn to be better in touch with my feelings.


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