Lemon #33. How to of your mind
While reading «How to stop worrying and start living», this is what we learned:
Why does such a simple thing as keeping busy help to drive out anxiety? Because of a law-one of the most fundamental laws ever revealed by psychology. And that law is: that’s utterly impossible for any human mind, no matter how brilliant, to think of more than one thing at any given time.
But the hours after work-they are the dangerous ones. Just when we’re free to enjoy our own leisure, and ought to be happiest-that’s when the blue devils of worry attack us. That’s when we begin to wonder whether we’re getting anywhere in life; whether we’re in a rut; whether the boss «meant anything» by that remark he or she made today; or whether we’re getting bald.
When we’re not busy, our minds tend to become a near-vacuum. Nature also rushes in to fill the vacant mind. With what? Usually with emotions. Why? Because emotions of worry, fear, hate, jealousy, and envy are driven by primeval vigour and the dynamic energy of the jungle. Such emotions are so violent that they tend to drive out of our minds all peaceful, nappy thoughts and emotions.
So, spit on your hands and get busy. Your blood will start circulating; your mind will start ticking and pretty soon this whole positive upsurge of life in your body will drive worry from your mind. Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on earth and one of the best.
Dale Carnegie @ How to stop worrying and start living.