Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

July 18, 2013

I won’t break out in song and dance, but there’s a lot behind this simple phrase: Don’t Worry, Be Happy! How many of us spend so much of our waking hours worried about something? How much energy do we expend thinking and being overly concerned about someone?

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It’s easy to have “worry thoughts” sneak into our minds and bury themselves. Be aware when this happens. No matter how difficult it is to stop yourself from worrying, you must try. Did you know that researchers have found that only 8% of what you worry about actually happens and 4% of that is beyond our control? Therefore, only 4% of what we worry about may be within our control. In other words, 92% of what we worry about never happens! The statistics are clear: don’t waste time worrying!

Empty your mind of negative worry chatter. Instead, fill your mind with positive self-talk. When you’re worried or stressed, you only see problems. Furthermore, worrying brings anxiety and stress to your body which, inevitably, will be detrimental to your health. By eliminating destructive worry chatter, you can quiet and calm your mind and be at peace.

 

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Worry is really the fear of the unknown and thinking the worst can happen. Overcome worry and fear by releasing attachment to the future. Surrender to a Higher Power to take care of your needs. Don’t dwell on negative thoughts believing everything will go wrong. Instead, shift your mindset to positive thoughts of all that is good and right, and dwell on those thoughts! Think about what you have to be grateful for. Rewire your brain. When you find yourself starting to worry, hit the reset button.

Remember, statistically, you have no control of over 96% of what you worry about. Focus your life on what you have control over. If you are worried about making a personal or business decision, then research as much as you can to make an informed decision. After you’ve explored your options, make that decision. You will then be able to move forward.

 

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If you have a problem, confront it immediately. Don’t procrastinate. Consider the anticipation of dealing with the problem may be causing more anxiety than the actual problem itself. Write down the best possible solution to your problem. Next, list the steps necessary to arrive successfully at that solution. By just writing these items down, you’ve taken action towards resolving the problem. Love yourself for your courage in confronting issues honestly. Appreciate your own strength in addressing the challenging situations or emotions you’re dealing with.

Don’t be distraught over past decisions or situations. Don’t fret about the future. Live in the moment.

A practical way to reduce anxiety is to relax, and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Take some deep breaths, listen to your favorite music, spend time in solitude with nature, exercise, eat a healthy diet, get proper sleep, meditate, and practise yoga. Get support from family, friends, or professionals. Sometimes, just talking about issues and getting everything out in the open brings clarity and reduces anxiety.

 

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I was inspired to write this blog post because two serious unexpected events happened yesterday that resulted in me being worried. I dealt with my initial feelings of anxiety by meditating, taking deep breaths, talking to friends, exercising (I went to my dragonboat practice which is physically exerting and socially fun), and going to a yoga class.

While I was at this yoga class, which was outside in a park, one of the poses was to stand with my legs shoulder-width apart, bent forward, touching my fingers to the ground. While in this upside down pose, I couldn’t help but look backward. I smiled at what I saw. Someone had written on the sidewalk, “don’t worry, be happy” with happy faces down the entire length of the sidewalk! I was so grateful that God and the Universe sent me this clear message at the exact time that I needed it! Of course that was what I had to do—to stop worrying and be happy and grateful for all my blessings!

 

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

 

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In summary, be aware of your thoughts and recognize when you start to worry. Try to stop worrying by having positive thoughts and releasing attachment to the outcome. Take steps to reduce and eliminate your anxiety by using the various methods mentioned above. Be grateful for all you have. Surrender and trust in a Higher Power to orchestrate your life perfectly. Consciously rid yourself of worry and choose to be at peace. Live your life fearlessly!

Love & Light,

Mimi Luk

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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

8 responses to Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

  1. Great post Mimi. Worry is truly the fear of the unknown. Will worrying really change the outcome of what is to come? No. Learning to accept that is not easy but if you can, life is so much more pleasant.

  2. Thank you for your kind comments, Kathryn. You’re so right when you say that worrying won’t really change the outcome of what is to come. However, taking positive action (including having positive thoughts) will. Blessings!

  3. great reading once i can train my mind to stop worrying to be more positive things can only get better thank you xxx

    • Thank you for your comment, Linda. Yes, that’s right, once you have a positive mindset and combine that with an attitude of gratefulness, you will worry less, and you will feel better, and the quality of your life will improve too. Wishing you peace and joy, Linda.

  4. Mimi – I can understand what you were feeling. Seems like worry and anxiety bombards us sometimes until we recognize it and get a handle on it. Sounds like that’s what you did. I thought I’d share a fun little happy-type video by Bruce McFerrin to help keep you on the “Don’t Worry Be Happy” path.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU

    • Thanks for your comment, Pat! Yes, sometimes we don’t even realize we are worrying and have to catch ourselves doing it. That’s why it’s so important to always be aware of our thoughts. Thanks for sharing such a fun video! I really appreciated that! Certainly put a smile on my face and made me happy!

  5. I agree that worry is fear and we cannot let fear rule our lives. If I had done so, my brother would not have gotten off dialysis and died much earlier. My donated kidney gave him a better quality and quantity of life for which I am thankful to God for.

    • Thank you Gertie, for reading my article and thank you for your comments. Yes, we definitely can’t let worry and fear rule our lives! Because you overcame any fears you may have had about donating your kidney to your brother, you were able to give him an extended life, and a better quality of life! Bless you for your generosity and I’m sure your brother was ever so grateful to you! I know, because my friend donated his kidney to me almost four years ago now, and I will be forever grateful to him for having given me a second chance at life!