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Saturday, February 2, 2008


As I zipped through the grocery store one day this week, hoping to get in and out quickly, I found myself waiting for awhile in the checkout lane. Of course, there are many magazines and other items appropriately placed there in the "holding area" to grab our attention!! impulse buy was promising to tell me how to flatten my tummy in just four short days, how to turn off my cravings forever, and other amazing acts of obvious magic!! After scanning the magazine for some truth, I came upon an article of particular interest about how what we think and what we do affects our lives. The findings of a social psychologist, Fred Bryant, PhD, are shared as strategies that anyone can use to bring satisfaction and happiness to everyday moments!! So....I thought it would be fun to share them with you, somewhat paraphrased, and somewhat my interpretation!!

Strategy 1 -- Share positive feelings! Tell others about the wonderful things you are thinking, memories you have, or experiences you have enjoyed.

Strategy 2 -- Build memories! Take a mental note of things that have brought joy into your life, so you can draw on these memories later.

Strategy 3 -- Congratulate yourself! Take pride in the things you have accomplished.

Strategy 4 -- Fine tune your senses! For example, close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you.

Strategy 5 -- Compare downward! Sort of like thinking of what you do have, instead of what you don't have.

Strategy 6 -- Get absorbed! Instead of just grazing the surface, immerse yourself in your experiences.

Strategy 7 -- Fake it 'til you make it! By appearing happy even when you might not be, you can actually change your own mood, and positively affect the moods of others around you.

Strategy 8 -- Seize the moment! Enjoy the positive while it's there.

Strategy 9 -- Avoid killjoy thinking! Don't spend time on the negative, and enjoy the positive.

Strategy 10 -- Say thank you!! Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Something to think about.............................................Enjoy!! Trudy


Anonymous said...

Amen! Thanks for sharing these! I promise to try and apply all of them!

Mermaid Queen said...

Thanks for the great advice! I found your blog through looking at your darling dolls. I just love them. Keep up the great work! ~Martha

Trudy Honeycutt ~ Folk Artist said...

Thank you for stopping by, De and Martha!! Thanks for the nice comments, too!! Come back soon!! Hugs, Trudy