The Healing Influence of Happy Memories
By Judi Lynch
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Bio word count - 60
Happy memories from the past are an incredible way to lift our mood when we’re feeling anxious or fearful. When we can remember people, places and events that brought us joy and laughter, our minds remember and smile. Falling in love, our first kiss, a best friend, a million other life experiences are there for us to draw from.
Certain songs from our past can always take us to other times and places if we are listening and visualizing the music and the memory. The first time we danced with someone close, a concert we attended with friends, just driving around with the tunes turned up loud. This is why so many people listen to the music they loved when they were growing up. It brings those good feelings to the surface.
Looking at photos from weddings, parties and reunions is also a great way to reminisce. Even if we’ve been out of contact, seeing someone’s smile helps us recall our good times together. The smell of the season of Spring in the air or a favorite food cooking in the kitchen can shift our mood. Holidays, vacations and life celebrations that we shared become forever etched in our consciousness when we can close our eyes and remember.
People who have passed on are still with us in photographs that halt time. The scent of someone’s cologne or aftershave can jog our memory of a close relative who wore the same. We may find an old toy in the attic that we saved because its presence brings us closer to the memory of receiving it and how playing with it made us happy. A birthday card from a grandparent or a note from a best friend from school can make us feel loved and appreciated.
Making happy memories is easier if we are present in the moment as it is unfolding. If we are anxious about a challenge or the future we can easily miss the magic that is happening. There could be a beautiful sunset lighting up the sky but if we are thinking about something negative someone said yesterday, we may not see it. Photos are a great way to document activities and special occasions but acknowledging the feelings we felt is the most important. Those feelings send a message throughout our whole being that life is a constant journey to be lived to the fullest.
When we recall happy moments and occasions in our lives we gain a sense of hope and joy for the future. Looking back at how much we’ve grown, how much we’ve learned, who was on the journey with us, helps us remember who we are. When we relish the moments as they are happening, we respect all the gifts that life has to offer us. We better understand that just because there are also unhappy times, the memories that brought joy are there to help us heal. Our attitude and perspective can change when we replace negative thoughts with positive life experiences. We can also help others to do the same by reminding them how much their presence in our lives mattered to us. When we reminisce about the good old days, we can also become more aware that those days are still happening.
Every day that we are alive is an opportunity to make happy memories. We can be mindful and aware of the beauty all around us that lives in nature, other people and events that make us feel good. Seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing there is a purpose for each of those moments is what allows them to stay with us forever.
About the Author:
Judi Lynch is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, healing channel and author. She is president of the Crystal Healing Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) spiritual charity and writer for OM Times Magazine. She has authored two books, Friends with Lights and Conscious Ascension and has read for clients all over the world. To learn more or contact for a session see judilynch.com
Article description: Every day that we are alive is an opportunity to make happy memories. We can be mindful and aware of the beauty all around us that lives in nature, other people and events that make us feel good.