Try as you might, you can not say “bubbles” in an angry voice. Ah, I know y’all are trying this very moment. Something about that word just makes you smile towards the end of uttering it in an upset way. There is a child-like aspect to it, making you sound like a pouting toddler. “I didn’t get any bubbles!” See, propels you straight back to your childhood years.
“Grumpy” is another one of those words. Voicing it inadvertendly has the effect of you making a sullen mouth. So, speaking about grumpy bubbles allows you to experience two different emotions in a very short span of time.
Why is this thus? Words are more powerful than we give them credit for. Often times, one views them merely as having descriptive power, and there is that, for sure. Somehow, though, we can enhance certain moods in us through the usage of words, so, in a way they contain a prescreptive character as well. Almost like a spell.
I imagine it to be as followed: we collect words in a very complex neuronal connective structure, and these concepts are always linked to certain emotions, be it the clarity of an abstract insight (scientific jargon) or the joy or sadness linked to certain other words (for some of us it may be the name of a loved one). Once we think on these things, they occur to us in their whole connective structure, including emotions.
So, we can literally think ourselves unhappy by focusing on a certain unpleasant word. Here comes the insight though: one ought to not be ignoring the unplesantries in life, but, in order to increase quality of life, bind them up in a positive neuronal connective structure in a truthful way. How can this practically play out?
Forgiveness is such a path, allowing you to equally acknowledge the wrong doings or misdemeanour of a certain thing or person whilst simultaneously binding it into an area of benevolence, namely forgiveness. This also gets one out of the victim mentality: one no longer is merely at the receiving end of injustice, but can interfere by actively behaving in a certain way, namely by forgiving.
Blessing ones enemies is another one of those redirections of thought: one can actively take influence on what appears to be another persons terrible behaviour, have it not steal ones joy and at the same time acknowledge them as enemies. No white-washing anywhere.
I really love the practical side-effect these two simple truths carry in their application. Truth is maintained, while personal quality of life is increased tremendously. So much to for “Grumpy Bubbles”.