Can we allow ourselves to be happy even though we are ill?

A complex area this one. You might like to examine your own beliefs about how an ill person should behave. The very language of illness is a kind of set up - there is something wrong with you, you are not quite right, and so on. This creates a perception of illness and this shapes our thoughts and beliefs in a limiting way. And yet, happiness promotes healing. A sense of well being is a good thing, even if we are not actually well. So we experience a kind of contradiction - we are unwell but point ourselves towards well being. Resigned but somehow happy.

Does it make you feel uneasy? Does it not seem quite right?

There is more I could say but I don't know how to say it, other than: it's a complex area.


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