Life lessons come in unexpected packages.

Take yesterday, for example. I was peering into my nightly stack of “I’m-going-to-eventually-get-to-these-books,” when I came across the yellow covered copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. The only reason why I hadn’t finished yet, is that I did what I normally do when I’m infatuated with a book. I read it slowly as if each word were being analyzed with a microscope. I would ponder over an author’s choice of one word over another, for example or got lost in why a particular passage was so magical, so descriptively perfect.

When I picked up where I left off, I was enchanted by the beginning of the last chapter, which started with this:


“[M]ere thoughts are as powerful as electric batteries – as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.”


This may seem a little simplistic to you. It is a children’s book after all. But for me, I was struck by how profound it was-that it captured how often we allow our negative perceptions become truths and our fears and unknowns become reality.

Just something to think about this week as I leave you with another round of top posts.

How Music Can Improve Your Mood

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Having a bad day? In a crummy mood? Turn up the positivity with mood-boosting music. A post that expresses the potential positivity of your favorite tunes.

Dating, Breaking Up, and Children

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – If your recent divorce has put you on the market again, this time with kids, you may want to read this.

The Neuroscience of Romanticized Love – Part I: Emotion Taboos

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – An interesting look at the difference between authentic and addictive love and what factors promote and influence this difference. It’s a riveting read about everyone’s favorite topic-love and romance.

Stuff, Starve or Savor? Your Relationship to Food (and Life)

(The Therapist Within) – What you eat, how you dress and even what you spend your money could tell a lot more about you then you think. Love this piece on bringing awareness to every aspect of your life and then choosing to savor the experience.

Success, Motivation and Demotivation

(Real World Research) – Would you believe that seeing someone else achieve success is the opposite of motivating? Find this research tidbit surprising or shockingly true? This blogger delved into the topic and discovered a bit of both in retrospect.