20 Responses to “Change Your Insides with Your Outlook”


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  1. Kathy Mader

    That’s good, Courtney. I need to work on training my mind…it’s so powerful. Thank you for your honesty and helpfulness. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  2. Xanthi

    here in Greece we say sometimes if you cannot change what you look at, change the way you look at it.
    Merry Christmas to all of us and happy moments, although I would love to had Courtney’s cookies on my door !♥♥

  3. I think this is so true. And, I can think of several situations in my life that could use at least a small attitude adjustment. At the same time, I think it’s important to be aware of our physical make-up, which varies from person to person. I have a sensitive nervous system so I need more quiet. Approaching that positively makes a difference, and I think it’s important to take it into account too.

  4. Kathleen

    Great post….thank you!

  5. You’re absolutely right that often we remind ourselves to look at the bigger events in our lives in a positive way, but the smaller ones can slip under our radar and add up to a lot of negativity. It all counts – Thanks for the reminder :)

  6. Melissa Hebbard

    You are so right, attitude is all. My beloved husband, of 28 years, snores. I used to resent his deep noisy sleep whilst I tossed and turned, unable to sleep due to the noise and my seething about it.
    Until, that is, I realized his snoring was no worse than the loud purr of my cat snuggled up to me. I didn’t resent the purring, why should I resent my husband’s deep sleep.
    So now I think of him as purring and I sleep peacefully and deeply every night.
    All that changed was my attitude.

  7. As an urban dweller I can so relate to your story!! It made me smile. I too try to practice these thought shifts. When a car stops in the pedestrian clearway zone making it unsafe for me to cross on the green man, I remind myself that I’m being given an opportunity to practice patience for the next set of light changes and more time to stand looking around me and taking in other moments of beauty or noticing new flowers on the trees above me, or patting the handsome dog at my side. I’m imperfect at it but pleased nonetheless that I can even get to that point. Best wishes to you for the holidays.

  8. Sandra

    Thank you, Courtney. I really needed to be reminded of how I cannot control others, but I can control my reactions and outlook. Why let other people’s actions poison my insides? Reading your timely post this morning (along with my Daily Gift) was like a small holiday miracle for me after I had a really bad day yesterday. At least today my outlook was transformed. Thank you for that gift. I hope the goodness you share comes back to tenfold.

  9. Loving the quote you chose, Courtney. I started practicing gratitude a few months ago and my life has changed ever since. Every single day I tell people I am grateful for them and also am grateful for things inside :)

  10. I’ve been very impatient with my four year old lately and the poor guy is just being a kid. A shift in my attitude would likely do wonders and help us both be in happier place. Thank you for this reminder, Courtney!

  11. I’ve come across this post at just the right time. My husband learned last week he’s being laid off. He learned the news just befoe we went on a 3-day trip for our wedding anniversary. I was unable to cope with the news as it is the latest blow in a series of bad news. (I lost four loved ones in the past year, including my mom and my grandma.)
    know we’ll bounce back. But it felt last week as if all my energy,and especially the energy needed to rise again and hope for better tomorrows, had suddenly been takenaway from me. It felt like it was one too many blows. As a result, we didn’t enjoy our trip as much as we could have.
    Today, anxiety hit me in waves. What if we can’t pay our bills anymore? What if we lose the house? What if…
    Reading your post made me realize that even though I don’t know what’s coming our way in the light of this recent event, how I react to it is completely on me. I can choose to be devastated and fearful or work at being optimistic and cheerful again.
    I felt a sense of peace settle inside me just by reading your words. I know I will need to read them over and over again in the next days or months. But thank you for making me take this first step towards a more positive outlook.

    Thank you.

  12. Thank you for this. This is just what I needed to hear right now.

  13. Kris

    Good post, Courtney. I just went through an elective (yet major) surgery last week and have been having somewhat of a tough time coping with the early days of healing. I find myself throughout the day vacillating between focusing on what’s not feeling good (much of my body) to practically being in tears of joy over tiny things, like the crisp bite of an apple, or the joy of putting on a little soothing lip gloss on my chapped lips. I have absolutely noticed that what I focus on affects how I feel inside & out, and since I really do want to heal as fast as possible, I am highly motivated to keep my thoughts on the things I can be grateful for. I am sure your neighbor is going to love those cookies!

  14. Such a great post Courtney! Love it! Your outlook in life affects so much more than whether you are going to have a good day or… not so good. It affects every avenue of your life. Your health your relationships your success. The advice you give really has a high value! I hope many people listen and reach for that better outlook! Thanks so much!

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