7 Ways to a Better, Happier You. Yes. Really.

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I’m having one of those days. You know the kind of day when, despite the fact the sun is shining and the temps are warm you’re still in the dumps.

Day started out fine, with a trip to my dietician and her giving me a big thumbs-up on my progress this past month on my exercise/food plan regimen. But  kinda went downhill from there.

Sooooo,  I’m glancing around my desk and I spy this little booklet I must have picked up while standing in line at the grocery store. You know how they have those stands filled with spearmint gum and breath mints, candy bars and celebrity mags along with those glossy covered books of crockpot recipes? They also sometimes have these glossy-covered mini-editions of the For Dummies book. This one was titled 50 Ways to a Better You for Dummies. I still have no idea why I picked it up.

I feel like a real dummy today. And I definitely want to be a better me. So I glanced through the book and thought I’d share seven of the suggestions I found at random. Maybe you’re having a bummed out day too.

1. Talk to Someone – Talk to a happy person and see if you can find out what his/her secret is to happiness. Hmmm, well, when I find someone happy I will talk to them.

2. Think Positive Thoughts. Okay, let me try this. It is a lovely day outside. The sun is shining. I’ve lost seven pounds and, over all, I’ve lost close to thirty the past two years. Okay, feeling a little bit better. I can solve my problems. I can do better. I will do better. I may have to think more positive thoughts about thinking more positively.

3. Identify Who or What Makes You Smile – Hmmm, the Marx Brothers. They make me smile. Babies make me smile. Especially when they’re somebody’s else’s baby. The green I saw when I went walking early this morning. Green shoots pushing up through the ground and budding on the tree. That made me smile.

4.  Pursue What You Want, Not What You Have Explore life, question life, examine life and ponder life’s possibilities. I’m definitely trying to do that. I need to open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. I don’t want to get stuck in a status quo business as usual rut.

5. Fight Negative Expectations – Ah, this is one I should write in bold, black letters on the wall. Pessimism is a learned response. I don’t have to think that everything’s going to turn out bad. Remember, it’s the second thought that counts. For every pessimistic thought I need to come up with an optimistic one. “How am I going to pay these frikkin’ bills?” Counter-attack. “You always do, don’t you? One way or the other.”

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Be Happy – Sometimes I think I am afraid. Like I’m fearful I’m going to be punished for feeling happy. That’s messed up, isn’t it?

7. Stick with the Right People – Oh, yeah, definitely need to cut loose the Debbie Downers, Two-Faced Tommy’s, Negative Nellies and Stressed-out Steves.

Oh, darn. Why didn’t I think of this first ? This always makes me HAPPY!

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