Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Exhaustion sets in!

My wife and daughter have been in New York for five days now visiting her best friend from college. My strength is waning taking care of two little rascals, doing the radio show and all the other necessary work. Fortunately, my wife and daughter return on Thursday - reason for hope!

Hermann and I just did a radio interview with Sharon Hughes, the host of Changing World Views which is on KDIA, 1640 AM also, along with 7 other radio stations. I wanted to share with you some of the info that we shared with Sharon as you may find it useful.

We are just now discovering what people can do to create and sustain happiness. Psychology has always asked: What is wrong with you?

Now psychology is asking: What is right with you? What are your strengths?
Our goal is to help people move from surviving to thriving.

Psychology just learned in 1998 that no matter how old we are, we have the ability to change our behaviors, thoughts and feelings. The human brain is easily altered. It is very open to suggestion. Not only can music and television alter your brain, as I mentioned before, your very thoughts and feelings have the ability to change the physical make-up of your brain. This is good and bad news.

On one hand, it means that you have the ability to change your brain for the better.

On the other hand, you must be cautious what you expose yourself too. Remember, your senses take in over 4 billion bits of information per second. You are only consciously aware of 2,000 of those bits per second. This means that your mind is constantly taking in seed thoughts and you are not even aware of it.

You find that for which you are looking. So if you?re pessimistic, you will look for and find evidence to support your pessimism. If you?re optimistic, you?ll look for and find evidence to confirm your optimism. And, on average, optimists live seven and a half years longer than pessimists.

Philippians 4:8 says: Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious ... think about these things.


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