The Art and Science of Being Happy
See how we’re in the driver’s seat? I don’t have to ‘work’ at feeling excited about something first, and then describe it in words. I can change my brain by changing one word. The very moment I think “I get to” my magical brain does the rest for me, filling me with positive expectation and gratitude.
Best news ever? Let’s say I just plain have to do something I don’t want to do and can’t imagine saying I ‘get to.’ If I say to myself, “OK, but I ‘get to’ not like having to.” Shazam! Super fast brain’s all over that I have a choice!
“I have to pay my bills.” Resistance, stress. “I get to pay my bills. How much easier was my life this month because of my phone? I’m so glad I have electricity. Having my insurance gives me peace of mind.”
“I have to exercise today.” Aaarrghhh. “I get to exercise today. Finally. And the gym is only a mile away. I feel so good after I’ve worked out. Maybe I’ll even walk there outside in the sun.”
“I have to clean the bathroom.” Drudgery, better do it or else. “I get to clean the bathroom. I’m so lucky to have indoor plumbing. Hot water comes out of that metal thing at the touch of a handle. So cool!”
You ‘get to’ try this risk free. You ‘get to’ be the scientist in your own life. You ‘get to’ use your linguistic powers for good.