Sometimes changing your physical circumstances isn't possible — or not possible soon enough, or you may want a less drastic change, but you still want to be happier. You can't get to a new job right away or you regularly bump into that friend who makes you feel badly, what options do you have left?
Change your perception, belief or opinion of the situation — and that will help you change your attitude.
The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it beautifully more than 2,000 years ago: "People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things. When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions."
Modern behavioral science agrees! American psychologist Albert Ellis, famous for developing rational emotive behavior therapy, explained that "how" people react to events is determined largely by their "view" of the events, not the events themselves. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.
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