Mental flossing for happiness

We know that flossing and brushing can help our teeth and gums, but we overlook the fact that cleaning up our thoughts can help our mind. If we don’t learn to filter out negative thoughts, they will continually flow into our brain.

We coast downhill, but it takes a lot of energy to go uphill and enjoy a beautiful view. Happiness requires mental and emotional effort. If your train of thought isn’t bringing you closer to happiness, perhaps it would be a good idea to change trains.

Some of my problems come from mismanaging my mind, so I’m continually trying to manage it better. When I turn over the management of my mind to my feelings and desires, I discover that they aren’t very good managers.

Refuse to believe every thought that you have. Some of them are lies. Investigate a thought before you accept it. Thoughts, feelings, and desires that create inner dysfunction need to be deposed, discarded, and disregarded.

The sight of somebody quietly and stilly observing something beautiful is rare. Openly be amazed by something beautifully today.

If our life becomes dysfunctional, it can be because of our own poor choices. If so, there’s always hope for a course correction.

Tormenting thoughts aren’t imaginary voices. They’re dangerous, internal bullies that we need to resist and subdue.

Mental input impacts mental health. Be careful what you allow to enter and to fill up your mind. Arrogance and rebellion are often an attempt to hide insecurity, anxiety, and fear.

Here’s an obvious observation: People can 1) help themselves, 2) ask for help, or 3) deny their need for help. Two of the three are great options!

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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