How hard is it to just be in a good mood once in a while?

13 Mar

I was on a date a couple of weeks ago when the topic of favorite movies and movie lines came up. After my standard answers of Legends of the Fall, A River Runs Through It, and Dances With Wolves I launched headlong into some quotes from the 1989 Cameron Crowe classic Say Anything. There’s a scene early in that movie in which Lloyd Dobler (played by John Cusack) says to his sister (played by Joan Cusack) “how hard is it to just decide to be in a good mood once in a while?”

After the date I was thinking about Lloyd’s wisdom again for the tenth or one hundredth time. There’s a great little lesson in it. Most of us are good at letting outside influences dictate our moods and our motivations. So you’re in a funk and it’s making it more difficult for you to write or get other work done? Change your mood. Someone pissed you off? Be mad but move on (as my life coach says, send them on their way) and get back to being in a good mood. Oh, and by the way, a good mood for you and a good mood for me can be very different things. The important thing is, you get to choose.

Go be in a good mood and get shit done.

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  • autism plusmath

    Maybe it’s just my Protestant work ethic/Catholic guilt, but whenever I’m in a lousy mood I tend to get a lot of work done around the house–better to be pissed off in a clean house. I’ve tried to apply that same ethos to blogging, although I have to be careful to triple check anything I’ve written before hitting publish: you don’t want a 1,200 word rant added to your blog when you’re miffed (unless you host that kinda blog intentionally).