There are some game plans that sound totally illogical and backwards, but actually work. 🙂
How to Be Cheerful
by Edgar Guest
How to be cheerful, do you say,
when the wind is cold and the skies are gray?
How to be cheerful? Just one way:
forget yourself for awhile today.
Never mind self and your irksome cares.
Somebody else greater burden bears.
Stretch out a helping hand and play
the friend to all who may chance your way.
You’ll never be cheerful sitting there
sorrowing over the hurts you bear,
for never a joyous hour is known
by the man who thinks of himself alone.
How to be cheerful? Scatter cheer;
share your life with your neighbors here;
encourage the weary and comfort the sad*
and you’ll find more joy than you’ve ever had.
From his book, The Collected Works of Edgar A Guest
© 1934 by the Reilly & Lee company
*You may have to do this by phone until Covid-19 has been banished. 🙂