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“Try getting angry without first having angry thoughts!  Okay, now feeling stressed out without first having stressful thoughts – or sad without sad thoughts – or jealous without thoughts of jealousy.  You can’t do it – it’s impossible.    The truth is, in order to experience a feeling, you must first have thought that produces that feeling.

Unhappiness doesn’t and can’t exist on its own.  Unhappiness is the feeling that accompanies negative thinking about your life.  In the absence of that thinking, the unhappiness, or stress, or jealousy, can’t exist.  There is nothing to hold your negative feelings in place other than your own thinking.”  Richard Carlson