“The happiness of your life depends upon the the quality of your thoughts.”
Right on Marcus! Those stoics were really on to something! We have a limited control over what happens to us. In many cases we have no control whatsoever. We didn’t choose our genes or our parents or the environment into which we were born. However, thankfully, we have considerable control (with training) of how we think about and interpret the events of our lives. To the extent that our thinking is irrational, distorted, self-sabotaging, we will feel inflamed and disturbed, which will provoke use to make bad decisions which will lead us to behave in self-defeating ways that get us less of what we want and more of what we do not want.
From the REBT perspective, we would add to Marcus’s idea that happiness depends not just upon thinking, bur rather upon quality thinking, emoting and behaving, and we note that those three are intimately related, and far from being mutually exclusive.
Do you still think that it is events “out there” that disturb you and cause you to be unhappy? REBT has a way out of that trap.
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Originally posted 2016-04-11 07:31:06.