Quote of the Day

A Happy Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. William Menninger

“Let us define mental health as the adjustment of human beings to the world and to each other with a maximum of effectiveness and happiness. Not just efficiency, or just contentment—or the grace of obeying the rules of the game cheerfully. It is all of these together. It is the ability to maintain an even temper, an alert intelligence, socially considerate behavior, and a happy disposition.


This, I think, is a healthy mind.”

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20 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. On reading this quote of the day and the part of the quote that said “with a maximum of effectiveness and happiness”…..I thought of prayer….it is the only way to maintain that happy mind…..prayer and as the quote says doing all of these together………dj

  2. I think emotional stability is one of those factors of a healthy mind. Another factor that I would add is ‘not taking oneself too, too seriously. If we are to adjust to the world around us and especially to others we can’t spend too much time analyzing and deciphering every little emotion that rears its ugly head within ourselves. We will do well to take time to relate to others, think of others and minsiter to others.
    That leaves us just the right amount of time to eat, sleep and pray.

  3. Mental + Healthy = Happiness
    Mental/Mind
    2 Timothy 4:5 “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. …”
    Romans 8:6 “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. BUT LETTING THE SPIRIT CONTROL YOUR MIND LEADS TO LIFE AND PEACE.
    Hebrews 8:10 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
    After reading these verses, I think of a HEALTHY MIND. A healthy mind is clear in every situation. A healthy mind is controled by God’s Spirit. A healthy mind has God’s laws in it.
    HEALTHY
    Isaiah 38:16 “Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live.”
    Eph. 4 :16 “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does it’s own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
    Matt. 9:12 “When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor-sick people do.”
    The Lord’s discipline brings us HEALTH. He makes our body parts fit together perfectly and work together to give us HEALTH. If we are HEALTHY we don’t need to go to a doctor.
    Our minds are clear, controlled by God’s Spirit and God’s Law. Our discipline for God and our body parts fit perfect and work together. Putting the two together is MENTAL HEALTH. If have all this, we will have the peace and happiness we have always dreamed of.
    Psalms 119:35 ” Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.”
    Proverbs 14:30 “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;….”
    How Happy is our Minds?

  4. What a wonderful quote. Just reading it brings health. Dr William Menninger must have been a very giving and mentally well person himself to have penned such a thought. I know from my own study of horticultural therapy that the Menninger Clinic was one of the founders of Horticultural Therapy and one of the first to make it a recognized psychiatric therapy using it to help hurting people gain a healthy mind.

  5. Thanks Dorothy for reminding me of a “power house thought” to help with mental health- Prayer. I know it but fail to use it when I let worry, stress, and disappointments deflect prayer.

    Also, I agree with MG about humor. I love humor and I have my favorite comedians and diennes…humor and wit. One of my very favorite things in all the world now is watching the commercials of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discuss PC’s and Macs. My husband, sons and myself are computer lovers and can’t get enough of these commercials for our fun night out. Mark Twain, an American humorist, satirist-wit sure has been a staple in my life that makes me forget to go to sleep at night with his wit. As well as many many others. As the wise man say, there is a time for all things. Certainly humor when used to hinder or take the place of the work of the Holy Spirit is not funny.

    Now both prayer and humor are excellent tools, I think for wholeness, but so was and is the Good Samaritan….

  6. Now, Ms. Chickenfarmer…I just looooove your scripture quotes. This is wit, humor, satire, prayer, and the quote contents all in an hypodermic waiting for Needles to administer the dose. .

    CF’s partial scriptural quote..2 Timothy 4:5 “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. …”
    Romans 8:6 “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. BUT LETTING THE SPIRIT CONTROL YOUR MIND LEADS TO LIFE AND PEACE.” may I be so bold as to quote vs. 7 “When people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against God, because they refuse to obey God’s law.”

    I teach a Bible Study to a small group week after week and I try to make my thinking clear on this. If we obey God’s law’s we have a jump on mental health. Thanks, Chickfarmer, I see that holy living can help to bring wholeness…

  7. It’s true. When we are disobedient to the Word of God or the moving of the Holy Spirit our CONSCIENCES become dimmed…the conscience being a component of the soul., i.e.will. intellect , the MIND. When one’s mind is dimmed we are darkened within. We forget things. We withdraw. Our fellowship is marred…because we feel guilty, we are defensive. We make excuses for our disobedience and we avoid the LIGHT of the Truth we are so vehemently trying to evade.
    What should we do so that we do not LOSE OUR MINDS? Sara says in one teaching, FACE IT. That’s the biggie! ADMIT IT. That’s even a bigger BIGGIE. CHANGE IT! Uh-oh! That’s the biggest BIGGIE of all.
    Paula White writes in her book “You’re All That”…and I quote from her book, “”YOU are responsible for what you adopt as opinions, beliefs and what you take into your mind…what you learn and what you will do with what you learn”…what you read, watch and study. It’s your responsibility
    to take charge. You are responsible for identifying,(face it), isolatiang, (admit it) and addressing..(change it) areas of need in your…emotional and spiritual life.” That’s the soul/mind. Jesus told the man at the pool after the healing…STOP SINNING or a worse thing will come upon you!. It well may be a darkened mind.

  8. What a wonderful quote. My Mom use to say when you get down reach out and help someone – send them a card – buy something for them – do something for someone else and it will change your day. It has worked for me along with prayer, prayer, prayer by saints who have prayed about the troubles in life that I’m facing. Prayer of the saints pull you through. Strength is given and it is enough to handle the situation/s one step at a time. Joy rises in your soul and heart through the saints concern for you. I have often also been uplifted and brought to tears by the saints’ songs sung to me and by their encouraging words that give hope to hold on. Fellowship/ sharing, shopping, eating, and dessert bring laughter and a binding us together. There are many problems all have to face in today’s world but facing them within a Christian body who model Jesus’s love produces maximum effectiveness and happiness. We never know when we as one of the children’s song says, “It’s me, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” Thank goodness we all stand ready to help each other stand.

  9. As I reread these wonderful comments and this beautiful blog Sara has put up, I asked myself, how do our happy minds deal with others who don’t have happy minds. Again this verse came to my mind.
    Romans 8:5-11 “5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting your Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.(And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by the same Spirit living within you.”
    WOW!!! After reading this in Romans, it makes me think twice on who I want to hang out with. Keeping a clean mind can be difficult. This can be even harder if our family or friends are always trying to clutter our mind with issues and problems. This clutter could be the beginning of a depressed or unhealthy mind. Romans tells me that “sinful nature is always hostile to God.” Hostile means antagonism: unfriendly. Now I know that I don’t want to have an antagonism and unfriendly mind toward our Lord. This verse also quotes “Those who don’t have the Spirit of Christ living in them, do not belong to him”. So after reading this verse that reassures me that Christ lives within me and his Spirit will give me life even when I’m faced with death, I asked myself why? Why, do we try to live IN the world and not ON the world. Why do we desensitize our minds and Spirit to worldly people. When someone tells us a dirty joke, why do we laugh. When we do are we the witness we need to be for our Lord. Does the person telling the joke know whose side we are on? God’s or Satan’s? We know that the Spirit controls our minds and this leads to life. Do we tell that Spirit to leave our minds, just long enough to hear the dirty joke and then hurry back. We belong to Jesus. Are we afraid of what the people who don’t belong to him think about us. Are we afraid that they will talk about us and we won’t fit in. Did John the Baptist fit in with the world? Did Jesus? We see on the news about all these worldly issues, do we pray about each one or just read it and talk about it at work. What are we afraid of?
    Romans 8:12-14 “12Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”
    So why do we do some of the things we do. Is it financial reasons, is it for acceptance, is it rebellion, is it peer pressure or maybe even fear. Are we testing God’s decision about our “life” or “death”. I think we are”flirting with the devil”. This is dangerous ground. Why do we crumble when dealing with worldly people. Do we even need to waste our time justifying ourselves to them. Why do we waste our time, if God is pleased, then that is what truly matters. When Jesus was handed over to Pilate, he knew that his Father was pleased with him. He knew what he had to do. He knew that he didn’t have to justify, anything to anyone. He had a “clear mind” that was “controled by God’s Spirit”. John 18:33-37 “33 Then Pilate went back into his headquaters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of Jews?” he asked him. 34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered,”My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” 37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “you say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”
    Jesus did not stand up and tell Pilate that those Jews leaders were lying about him and they were just jealous because he was God’s Son and they weren’t. He just spoke the truth. Jesus knew with a Healthy Mind that God was pleased with him. So I say when these people who are not of Christ corner us, pray the entire time that what ever they want to share with us doesn’t cloud our minds. Pray that God’s Spirit will keep our minds clutter free and that “through God’s Spirit we put to death the deeds of our sinful nature.” Pray that our minds stay healthy and not desensitized to unhealthy minds. Lord I pray you clear our minds daily through your Spirit.

  10. I think the perfect antidote, for an unhealthy mind….would include a shot
    of the following…….. DAILY, and a continuous IV drip of PRAYER.

    1)wit and humor (Prov. 17:22) dose: ( just enough to equal medicine)

    2) satire (Prov. 19:3) dose: (just enough to stop the foolishness)

    3) knowledge/wisdom (Prov. 3:13) dose: (enough to equal understanding)

    4) “cool your jets” ( Ps. 37:8, Prov. 14:29, 19:11, Ecc.7:9) dose: (enough
    to gain control of your emotions)

    5) prayer (Phil. 4:6) dose: (CONTINUOUS) 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    Pray without ceasing.

    From Chickenfarmer’s comment:”A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body”.
    God’s Word tells us that “you are in perfect peace, when your mind is stayed
    on Thee, because you trusteth in thee.”( Isaiah 26:3) So, let’s “clear our minds”, of the trash, and focus on the Lord.
    We all need a HAPPY, HEALTHY, MIND!

  11. If Needles calls the shots, Chickenfarmer is the pharmacy and Rena is the mercy drops and The Holy Spirit is the idea giver. God is the pharmaceutical company and Jesus is the Scientist. Debi is the flower/gift shop. Dorothy is the physical therapist and MG is our dietary services.

    Now let’s all check-in and ‘take the medicine.’

  12. Chickenfarmer, your dissertation above reminds me of the old fashion preaching, teaching and shouting and enjoying the Lord without shame or strain. Although, it strained my every nerve to read, study and meditate on this truth.

    My Mother always told me to comb my hair nicely and watch what I say. After many years and reading this I think I know what she meant, “Sara, take the comb and comb the tangles out of your mind before you speak and find yourself conforming to the world and their ways.” I see it takes work and wisdom to not conform to the ways of the world. Work to have them conform to the ways God has set before us to bring a Ray of Hope to them and us.

    Thanks Chickenfarmer for the wake-up call!

  13. Hey Farmer, now your words give me a bump on my brain. “Is it for financial gain, etc.” At the end of my work day I am not sure if they or me were in the world? I may have kept my temper under control but my mind may not thinking the best at times. Not good, is it? Maybe I need a dose from Needles.

    The Dr. said it is all these together to have a healthy mind. ” It is the ability to maintain an even temper, an alert intelligence, socially considerate behavior, and a happy disposition.”

    But, you show through God’s Word that it is valuable to us to find out your how and do it? “How do our happy minds deal with others who don’t have happy minds.” CF

  14. My Bible commentary had the following to say about the mind in reference to walking in the spirit in Romans 12 and it seemed to go along with many of the comments above:”…yielding includes transformation of the mind. The work is said to be accomplished through a lifetime of ‘renewing’ the mind. Man’s mind has been darkened by sin and must be brought to a place where it thinks as God thinks. This renewing is said to come especially through prayer to God in everything. This transformation is a lifelong process that will not be completed until we are with Christ. Along life’s way, however, it brings a peace and delight that can only come from having embraced the mind of Christ.”
    Romans also gives some good instructions on thinking patterns that should help us all have healthier minds.Don’t think more highly of ourselves than we ought to but think soberly(vs 3) and don’t set your mind on high things but associate with the humble. (vs 16)

  15. MG….in reading your response that says “if we are to adjust to the world around us and especially to others we cant spend too much time analyzing”……..the analyzing part I somewhat agree with you there….but the part about adjusting to the world…..now that caused me to look up the word adjust and the American Century Dicitonary says of adjust=means to adapt. settle in
    and Adapt, means to fit into…….
    now the Word says in Romans 12:2 And to not be conformed to this world, but be trnsformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    and from the Thesaurus Conform means=compy with, abide by, obey, observe, follow, keep to , stick to, adhere to, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, fall, in with , respect, defer to; satisfy, meet, fulfill, antonym flout.
    2. they refuse to conform follow donvention, be conventional, fit in, adaft, adjust. follow the crowd; comply, acquiesce, toe the line, follow the rules; submit, yeild; informal play it by th book, play by the rules, antonym rebel.
    3. goods must conform to their description match, fit ,suit, answer, agree with, be like, correspond to be consisstnet with, measure up to , tally with square with antonym differ.

    Tthe kitchen does not conform to hygiene
    the countryside should conform to a certain idea of the picturesque.

    so from all this we are not to adjust to the world……according to the Word….dj

  16. well….now……I have my shot records here and was wondering what immunization I may be needing Needles?……..or is my records up to date?dj

  17. “Let us define mental health as the adjustment of human beings to the world and to each other with a maximum of effectiveness and happiness.”

    Now does ‘adjustment’ in Dr. Menninger’s quote mean conform here, or is he talking about being able to function on a job, in family, in table manners, graciousness, care of self and help and respect of others.

    This has me thinking as I struggle to learn. Maybe we should check into the Book of Life and see His take on adjustment of human beings to the world. John 1:10 say, ‘Jesus was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.’

    Thank you fellow bloggers for blogging is like jogging for me. Sure has an effect on my thinking and being. Yeah, and what about the clothing of the “Texas Women” we are reading and hearing about daily. I think poor Mother’s being persecuted for wearing a modest dress. Wouldn’t St Paul be proud of them? Would they be an example of not conforming to the world. Now I am only talking about dress and living separately. I do not know and I am well aware that we do not know the state laws and their legal situations at the moment. I am strictly speaking of dress, hair and cosmetics. As it sure does not conform to our image of Britney, and other Hollywood idols, does it?

  18. Dorothy..I was thinking of ‘adjusting to the world” in these terms. I have a job and if I want to get there on time, which I need to do, then I HAVE to adjust to my school’s schedule… meaning I have to get up quite early and make the trek to school in the rush hour traffic. And haul home in the traffic at night. I need to do that without resentment and whining and complaining. I adjust to their schedule in order to keep my job. When our admin. puts forth directives with which I do not agree, or are difficult to adjust to, I NEED to adjust my attitude t\in order to follow the rules and retain my position.
    Some laws are outrageous, but if I want to live in peace I follow the laws, taxes, gas prices, food prices, clothing prices. We adjust to this world’s economy in order to lead a peacable life in all godliness and honesty.
    I don’t care to adjust to the mores or morals displayed by this world or dishonest practices just because everyone is doing it. No! I should keep the speed limit and if I don’t want to get a ticket I adjust my speed to what is posted. There are some adjustments that must be made.

  19. If I am reading the quote correctly, adjusting to the world is the ability to maintain an even temper, an alert intelligence, socially considerate behavior, and a happy disposition.
    Jesus lived like this and Jesus lives in us so the potential to have a happy, healthy mind is there for us. I have hope that as we learn and practice these things we will grow into that potential.
    Even temper: He showed His composure in the face of mocking and scourging and questioning so we must be able to remain composed as we face life’s changing barometer.
    An alert intelligence: Jesus watched and prayed and instructed us to stay alert and do the same (Matt 26:41)
    Socially considerate behavior: He was considerate of the weak, the poor and yet could speak with a rich young ruler with great wisdom. (Mark 10:17-30)
    A happy disposition: Jesus was Peace and He left us peace and told us not to let ourselves get troubled or afraid. Having all this should make us happy. Plus He told us that He had overcome the world so even if we have tribulation we could be cheerful (John 16:33).

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