The Games People Play
September 30, 2012 8:19 AM Subscribe
What "games" do you play to boost your mood or help you see things in a different light?
posted by Calicatt to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 134 users marked this as a favorite
I made up a game for myself where, when I'm in an overly critical mood, I try to think of one nice thing to say (in my head) for each person I see. I usually do this while walking to work. At first it will only be superficial things, "I like her hair,"etc, but I'll push myself to come up with deeper things, like "She looks motivated, I admire that." By the end of my walk I feel better and am much less likely to have mean/critical thoughts about myself too.
Do you have any games you play like this?
Some other examples are the exercises from the cheesy/new-agey/semi-crazy book Ask And It Is Given, such as the Rampage of Appreciation, which is sort of like my game, but with everything around you not just people. Also the Focus Wheel, where you start with some statement describing where you are emotionally right now with something (like "I feel fat") and then take little steps that feel better ("This feeling will pass" "I can feel myself getting stronger") until you get desired statement you can now accept ("I appreciate my body")
Also I read about a game you can do where you pretend to meet yourself from 5 years ago, and you write out all the advice you'd give them, and then you pretend you're meeting yourself from 5 years from now and guess what advice they would give you.