Don’t Wait Until You’re in a Blue Funk to Do This

Don’t wait until you’re in a blue funk to do this. Practice now and it will come back to you when you most need it. Remember, your natural state is one of joy!

This exercise should be quick and simple, so don’t fall into a “trying too hard” mode with the process.

A Three Minute Process to Climb Out of a BLUE FUNK and Reclaim Your Joy


On a piece of paper list five pleasant memories, but be brief; use only one or two words that will help you recall the moment.

You must have many wonderful memories from the past, but choose ones that left you with rich and uplifted feelings such as pure amazement, unbounded gratitude or feelings of being loved or safe. Don’t pick a moment in time that was in any way encumbered with dark feelings or emotions, but don’t anguish over creating your list of five pleasant memories either!

One of my personal memories could be one from long ago when I’d just moved up to Forest Falls. I sat alone one morning on the deck of a coffee house drinking a latte. Surrounded by huge pines and mountain blue sky, I sensed a hint of fall in the breeze and that all was right in my world. Another memory might be the first time I drove a car on the Autopia ride at Disneyland when the park first opened back in ’55. I felt free, exhilarated and empowered. I remember it well.


I repeat. Don’t take a lot of time creating your list. Simple moments of pleasure….

Now, keep your paper handy so you can peek at it during the process if needed, and close your eyes.

Invite one of the five memories into your mind’s eye, noting any small details: faces, touch, sights and sounds, and the good feeling you had at the time, then overlay that with another memory. Continue merging the memories one after the other. As I said, glance at your list if you’ve forgotten what you’ve written down.

Let your vision of the stacked memories become blurred as if you were trying to recall a pleasant dream. One detail of one memory may surface only to recede and be replaced by another. You’re not re-evaluating or re-doing that moment in time. Don’t force anything, just play for about one minute. Then let it all go, open your eyes and notice how you feel.

Don’t wait for just the right pen, paper and moment to do this. Practice now. I recently guided my granddaughter through this exercise, and then asked her how she felt. “I feel all giggly,” was what she said.

Giggly is good.


  1. That was fun! I felt all beam-y!

  2. A beautiful sense of pleasure, peace and comfort all at once. Thank you!

  3. Pat Kriso says:

    In looking at my quick list of 5 memories–I see that they all are times that ‘I’ was being embraced with love from Mitch and my children when they were small. Strange—not giggly; a deluge of tears. My happy memories are of times that can’t be re-experienced. I miss them. (like laughing and swinging my son around and around)
    Silly me, Pat

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