Tuesday 6 December 2016

Happiness upgrade... do you have a problem right now?

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

Are you a worrier? Do you wake up in the middle of the night imagining things that can go wrong? Me too. If there was a PhD to be given in worrying, I would have it. Or an Oscar for anxiety - I'd be nominated every year. But enough.

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As the saying goes, most of us spend our lives worrying about things that never happen. Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, has a good trick to stop it. Ask yourself this simple question: Do I have a problem right now? Right this minute, as you are sitting on the sofa, or at the office - do you have a problem? Do you have a roof over your head? Warm clothes on your body? Do you have food to eat? This is not to make you feel guilty, but just to remind you that nine times out of 10, in the current moment, in the NOW, you don't have a problem.

The problem you are fretting about may or may not happen in the future, but even if it does - you'll deal with it. The strange thing is that for all our worrying, when the worst case scenarios do happen to us, we are often at our calmest because we are in the present moment, fixing them.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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