Life Hack for Getting Suddenly Awesome: Get a Mantra


One day while I was in college, while I was walking back to my apartment after class, I realized something: I felt terrible.

I was tired, and lonely, and heavy, and drained. I was just … weak. Weak all over.

Why am I feeling like this? I asked myself as I walked. And why do I feel like this so often? More important, what can I do to make it go away?

And then I had an idea.

It was just a little idea, and very insignificant, and I didn’t really think that it would work. Still, I clung to it with the desperation a truly depressed person sometimes feels.

I decided to get a mantra.

I didn’t call it that, of course. (Christians don’t have mantras, don’tcha know.) But all the way home, I repeated a single sentence to myself, and it was a very wonderful and simple sentence—one of the most wonderful and simple sentences there is—and it was this:

“Thank you God.”

I said it over and over again as I walked, and by the time I got home, I felt better. Much better, even.

It was a discovery. One I recommend.


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  1. Thanks for sharing this experience, and I’m glad this worked for you. Have to question the statement, though, that Christians don’t have mantras. I know a number of Christ-followers who appreciate the practice of meditation and mantra. It’s a very cool thing when we can respect and practice traditions of another faith system – very enriching.