When you want to access a joyful state, ask yourself, "If I were a master of joy, how would I speak and act now?"
Since this method doesn't ask you to feel anything you're not actually feeling, it will be easier to speak and act the way you would if were a master of joy. This is the power of acting "as if." I have found that people who once claimed, "I can't just decide to be joyful when I don't really feel joyful," were able to benefit from this approach.
Love Yehuda Lave
MOHAMMAD BECAME AN IRISHMAN
Seven year old Mohammad entered his classroom on the first day of school. "What's your name?", asked the teacher. "Mohammad," he replied. "You're in Ireland now," replied the teacher, "So from now on you will be known as Mike." Mohammad returned home after school. "How was your day, Mohammad?", his mother asked. "My name is not Mohammad. I'm in Ireland and now my name is Mike;. "Are you ashamed of your name? Are you trying to dishonor your parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!" And his mother beat the s--t out of him. Then she called his father, who beat the s--t out of him again. The next day Mohammad returned to school. The teacher saw all of his fresh bruises. "What happened to you, Mike?", she asked. "Well shortly after becoming an Irishman, I was attacked by two Muslims."