The Joy Solution

What if we made joy our treatment goal? Impossible? Weird? I hear you but hear me out.

If you are like most people, you have someone in your life—a friend, a family member or a close acquaintance—who is health-challenged.

She tries every treatment and fad under the sun to try to heal herself, yet she never stops to analyze her thoughts about herself.

What she’s looking for in her “treatment-of-the-week” approach are problems, fixable problems. However, what she creates is more problems rather than solutions.

Why is that?

When you are in enduring the struggle of a health challenge, you only notice what you can’t do anymore. You don’t see the good around you and the possibilities that are still available.

You mourn the loss, which causes the loss to become all you give your attention to.

My heart laughs when I see smiles on the faces of my patients who get a glimpse of what’s possible. I know at that moment, their focus shifted away from loss and toward abundance.

A solution-based mindset creates a completely different outcome than a problem-based mindset.

It is absolutely understandable to fall into the hole of not enough, not anymore, and never again. But you don’t have to stay there.

How do you turn it around?


What if you believe you aren’t an artist and don’t have creative bone in your body? I challenge that limited mindset. Who defines your creativity? Who do you allow to rule your head and heart?

Just start with something simple. Something you yearn for. Something that helps you forget your loss for a moment.

This moment is crucial. This moment opens you up to solutions and changes; this moment tears down your armor.

Don’t underestimate the power of creativity in the healing process. My patients tell me again and again that they can see clearly for the first time while they were painting, taking photographs, or making scrapbooks.

Opening yourself to the flow of creativity is another step toward wholeness and healing.

What are you waiting for?

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  • Bruce

    I remember years ago I had a persistent lower back pain that wouldn’t go away. One day I found myself out in the country at an ancient site. Off away from the crowds, where I love to respond to the urge to explore, I saw a couple of climbers and followed them up a steep slope, requiring use of hands and certainly the back. In the very moment of that joy of exploring my back pain went away, and hasn’t bothered me much since. That was years ago. Noteworthy!

    A very nice message today. In the kayak world it is said you lead with your eyes, so look where you want to go, not where you don’t want to crash. And this is very, very true, even beyond the rush of the water in kayak worlds.

    • Dr. Tiny Jaentsch

      You lead with your eyes. Love this analogy.

  • Chrysa

    I felt like this was meant just for me <3. Thank you!

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