How often have we said to someone, “I’m in a bad mood”? We’ve all experienced temporary moods where we are profoundly sad or discouraged. These moods are a normal part of life, and yet we must recognize them for what they are---a distortion of reality. When I feel hopeless, it does not mean there is no hope. When I feel discouraged, it does not mean there is no encouragement to be found. When I anticipate trouble, it does not mean trouble is just around the corner. Jesus aptly reminds us, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). When facing moods of sadness and discouragement, remind yourself that these moods will pass, bringing a more realistic picture of your life and what you need to do.


Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!