Dr. William K. Larkin
SIMPLE AND PROFOUND
And it speaks to the healing power of positive emotion.
As a result of cancer, several years ago Norman Cousins, editor of the “New Yorker,” wrote an account of his recovery in the EARLY days cancer treatment – The Anatomy of an Illness.
I have been profoundly influenced by this book.
My grandfather, my father, and several of my uncles each died of a different form of cancer. My only paternal aunt lived into her 80’s or more and did not die of cancer. I have great confidence that I will not carry this cancer tradition among the men in my family, nor pass the predisposition on to my sons.
Cousins did something unheard of. He had a television brought into his hospital room (his diagnosis was not good) and along with it he ordered only funny television programs, including the entire “I Love Lucy” series.
He watched them and he laughed and laughed and laughed. Honestly.
He limited his visitors only to those people who would be cheerful and upbeat, and did not allow visitors who were worried, sad, or depressed. Cousins recovered and wrote his wonderful, insightful book based on his personal experience, which counts as research even as one person.
Positive emotion is safe medicine with unbelievable side effects, free and absolutely grounded in research. It needs to be taken at least 3 or 4 times a day depending upon on the amount of negativity in your world. A good guide is 3:1. Do three positives for yourself to every negative in a day, approximately. If it’s a big negative, do a big positive for yourself.
Do you care enough about yourself and those you love to take your medicine?
This is my challenge: become more facile, agile, and instant with positive emotion than you are with negative emotion. I can give you a mega study of 300 separate studies that all overwhelmingly show the importance of positive emotion. There is no such study of the importance of negative emotion, health, and well-being.
Just think about it. You are “rocket rapid fast” in your ability to get to a negative feeling. We can go there in a big way in a very short time, even if we hide it from others.
We do this at great cost to health and well-being.
My gift to you is to tell you that you can get to a positive emotion in an instant, you can make it last just as long as a negative emotion, and you can intensify it, just like you blow up negative emotions. But you have to know that you can and you have to practice.
1) Make a decision to feel more positive feelings in 2015. A firm decision.
2) Start to identify some situation that gives you instant negative feelings, and use that as a cue to turn to a little bit of a positive feeling. Choose one of these: gratitude, peace, love, joy, or hope.
You have to learn to feel one of these five feelings with ease. If you can’t feel then start by thinking it and it will come. Let situations that draw an instant negative be a cue to go instantly to a positive feeling, if only just a little.
For example, when someone pulls in front of you in traffic, doesn’t signal or is going too slow, instead of negative irritation, simply feel a little but of peace or love or joy; give it to yourself and send it to them.
You can learn to make a positive emotion rocket rapid transit that literally changes where you are in an instant. You can learn to make a positive emotion last for a while (duration). You can also intensify a positive emotion. The next time you see a beautiful night sky or a sunset or something lovely, make the feeling of gratitude or joy last for a much longer time.
This is ROCKET RAPID TRANSIT to Positive Emotion.
Get as good at having positive emotion as you are at having negative emotion.
It will change your life as it ripples through the rest of your consciousness.