THE SCIENCE OF HAPPY THINKING
Connecting to one’s spiritual side—or, as some call it, the spiritual mind—can also bring lasting happiness, says Yvonne Ryba, a licensed Science of Mind practitioner and leader at the Center for Spiritual Living in Clear Lake, Texas. Ryba’s teachings and practices, based on late religious and metaphysical scholar Ernest Holmes’ spiritual philosophies, promote the healing power of positive thinking.
“Our mantra is ‘Change your thinking, change your life.’ Quantum physics explains this, that we are powerful in our minds, greater than just what we think of as the brain,” she says. “The law of the universe—also called the law of attraction—is that what you think and focus upon, you will create,” so sending out loving and happy thoughts in turn brings the same energies, experiences, and people to you, she adds. Research suggests that positive thinking can help reduce stress, lower
depression, boost psychological and physical well-being, and even increase life span.
Studies show that prayer also has positive health benefits, including boosting mental health, activating “diseasefighting” genes, and enhancing relationships. Ryba practices an affirmative form of prayer called spiritual mind treatment in which she speaks what she is declaring for herself or others. “Pray knowing that as you speak, you believe that, so it is. Whatever it is we want—health, healing after a surgery, happiness, a new job with great benefits— we can ask for it. You put it in the present tense, because it is always manifesting.”
Ryba, who also works as a spiritual life coach, says such practices are the first steps in taking action to grow joy in your life. “Happiness comes from within,” she adds. “You have to root out the negative things that are preventing you from being happy. And you have to take care of yourself first so you can help others. From this inner place of well-being, you will find other people attracted to you with whom you can share happiness. Just know that you are created to fulfill your potential and learn and love and grow and give and be uplifted and be happy.”
“Our mantra is, ‘Change your thinking, change your life.’ The law of the universe is that what you think and focus upon, you will create.”