Monday, 3 February 2014

Playing the excited card.

Here's the last in the series of excellent blogs by Lex covering the adjectives on the 20 Moodscope cards. Please don't forget we'd love you to add any ideas, tips, insights or advice you may have that you'd like to share with other Moodscope members that might be of help. Many thanks. Caroline.

Excited – looking forward to things.

My last Moodscope card, and what a beautiful red card to finish on. This is pure, focus-driven dream power. It is the power of hope. Hope is called the anchor of the soul – it is a sure and certain belief that "tomorrow" can and will be better...whenever that "tomorrow" will be.

Action can only follow attention – and excitement follows too. So, regarding the future, on what specifically will you lay your attention? You really can choose.

My research into the scientific basis for happiness suggests that a stunning 50% of my future happiness is based on my genetics – not always good news. Interestingly, only 10% depends upon what the marketeers suggest will bring me happiness – the new car, the big house, the material aspects.

I'm happy to work on the 40% that is within my grasp, within my power to change. If I really can choose what I focus on, and this could make 40% difference to my happiness, I will choose to look forward to specific things and events.

I've added 'events' there because the consensus is that 'stuff' is pretty impotent at changing your state. Buying 'things' gives the equivalent of a sugar rush, but it is soon over. Doing things is much more enduring in terms of the benefits you reap.

My youngest son posted on Facebook that 2013 was the best year of his life. Why? He then listed all the things he'd done. There was nothing material in the list. It was travel.  It was meeting new people. It was spending time with friends. These moments of truth are the stuff of life – the stuff that endures – the stuff that is worth getting excited about.

Lex
A Moodscope user.