I’ve been asked various forms of the following question several times over the years, “How can I go around being happy when there are so many things in the world to be unhappy about?”. People ask me this about the economy, famine, war, genocide, and all of the other fine issues the evening news likes to highlight. It makes sense, how can we be happy when there are people starving on the other side of town? How can we walk around feeling great when we read about all of the jobs that are being lost? The answer really is in the question itself. When we are focused on the problems of the world and see fit to discuss them at length we are only adding our energy to them. It would be far better to send our sick friend in the hospital loving and healing thoughts while picturing them as whole and in perfect health. Then it would be to feel bad for them and say “isn’t it terrible how ill they are”. It is almost a force of habit to be involved in “isn’t it awful” type conversations. Quite often we start them up as a lack of anything else to talk about. “Isn’t that price of gas terrible?” “I sure hope the economy turns around quickly”. I must confess I find myself being involved in and sometimes starting such conversations. By doing so I am not only adding my focus and energy and focus to the very thing I am lamenting, but I am also dragging the other persons focus and energy into the same direction! How different would the world be if we placed our focus and energy on what we have to be grateful for and solutions rather than what we lack and the problems we have? Next time you find yourself engaged in a negatively oriented conversation begin to think of how you can turn that conversation around. Think of it as a game. Make it a fun challenge. Even if you fall short you at least have your energy and focus on turning a negative into a positive.