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Friday, January 13, 2012

From Sad to Glad
by Patsy Clairmont

For years I dragged my sorry self around like a bag of old potatoes, weighed down by an inexplicable sadness. Then I slowly began to realize I was a big influence on myself and I could make some changes that would help lift my own spirit. Some of these things sound too simple to matter, but give it a try and see if it doesn’t promote goodwill in your own heart and home.

Sing: No, it doesn’t matter if you sound like fingernails on chalkboards, just sing. And choose happy songs that once made your toe tap and your heart skip. Put on a Women of Faith praise CD and worship the Lord.
Warning: At first you won’t feel like doing this if you are in the doldrums, but with all the love in the world, may I suggest you do it anyway. (Don’t make me come over there.)

Laugh: Call up a funny friend and stir up some health-producing endorphins. Deliberately lighten up. Yes, pretend if you have to, because many a time I started out phony-ly happy and ended up genuinely joyful.

Serve: Do something for someone else. It gets our mind off us. Bake a cake, send a card, plan a party for someone you love or don’t, pick a bouquet for a neighbor, take a group to a Women of Faith event, etc.

Study: Pick a Bible passage to study then memorize one of the verses that cheers you. God’s Word changes our mind and strengthens our fragile character.

Create: There’s something about working with one’s mind and heart in a creative manner that releases bad vibes and restores the soul. You don’t have to be an artist to create, I promise. I did watercolors for a couple of years before I painted something identifiable. It startled me when I recognized my effort. I showed a friend and we immediately framed and hung it before it disappeared.
Maybe you’d rather cook, bake, garden, dance, sew, scrapbook…okay, do it.

Avoid: Pity parties. Newscasts. Negative people. Racy books. Overeating. Sad movies. Excuses.

***Patsy Clairmont is an awesome regular speaker at Women of Faith.


  1. Great advice and so, so true. I'm with you.

  2. Living on the high ground is such an intentional act. I appreciate Patsy's "how to"s!

  3. I'm not talented, but I used to paint, just to focus on anything but the worry and anxiety that consumed me.

  4. What a great post. I need to remember these! I have never been to Women of Faith but I'd love to go sometime! Thanks for sharing!

  5. AMEN to all of this advice!!!