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12-04-2009 03:37 PM

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5 steps to positive thinking
Use the power of positive thinking to pull yourself out of a bad mood

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Is your inner monologue bringing you down? Here’s how to turn your thinking around:

1. Take a just-the-facts approach. Challenge irrational beliefs that chip away at your confidence. If you think everyone is laughing at you, demand evidence. Are they actually laughing? Could they be laughing at something else?

2. Don’t be perfect. It isn’t possible—but you knew that. So why worry if someone doesn’t like you or you’re not masterful and competent in every situation?

3. When something bad happens, don’t automatically think the worst (“I failed the test because I’m stupid”). There are usually many reasons things go sour. Look at all of them objectively and focus on those you can change (“Next time, I’ll do better if I study harder”).

4. If self-examination does reveal a personal weakness, keep the implications from spiraling (“I can’t do anything well”). And remember: Recognizing that you’re weak in one area doesn’t make you a weak person. Instead, it can help you identify where to invest more effort and guide you to your strengths.

5. Loosen your grip on the controls. Inevitably, things don’t always go your way. Accept that the world isn’t under your control and strive to be calm in the face of adversity. That way, two problems—the upsetting situation and your reaction to it—are whittled to just one.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 03:56 PM

All great advice, IMO.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 04:16 PM

Another thing!

Just ignore things, & don’t sweat the things that seem negative to you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 05:53 PM

Hit your finger with a hammer. All lifes priorities fall in line.

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 06:09 PM

what mics said or take your brad nailer and shoot yourself as much as you can until the strip empties out (with your arm as far out as can be and not in the facde obviously ) or just take it out on a nice pie ce of wood you have and sit for a while picking out the nails of your ruined

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 09:56 PM

Dick & Barb you are so right.

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 01:26 AM

Don’t sweat the small things…..or the big ones either.
Don’t question authority…ignore it. It will find you when you’re needed.
Feel free to make mistakes….and learn from them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 01:32 AM

the only medicine i can swallow is ,

’ physician heal thyself ’ !

works for me .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 02:46 AM

Those are not my own” 5 steps”, I did copy/paste I think it is very good advise for anybody.

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 02:59 AM

When I’m in a bad mood, I clean. It works wonders. I get out my frustration and I end up with a nicer immediate environment.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#10 posted 12-05-2009 03:22 AM

I like the old saying “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things” and I always try to see the humor in things.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#11 posted 12-05-2009 03:31 AM

I’m one of the few who are lucky enough to wake up in a good mood everyday, dad after day, and stay that way all day. The only tiime in my life I experienced anything differrent was when the idot overdosed me on Topamax for migraine prevention. i really feel sorry for anyone who experiences depression on a regular basis. It was realy bad when I was recovering from Topamax posioning.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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