5 WAYS TO TAKE
CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
BY TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR ATTITUDE
Part of the Humor Hint Series
Patt Schwab, Ph.D.
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critic Swifty Lazar lived into his 80s with the
motto: "Everyday I wake up and expect something
wonderful to happen. If it hasn't happened by
lunchtime, I make it happen!"
are some ways to make something wonderful happen
It's trite, but it works: go out of your way to be
friendly to the first person you meet each day-at
home or at work. This will set the stage for an
emotionally upbeat day.
one month- or however long it takes you to
establish the mental habit-make a daily list of the
good things that happen. If you can't find any good
things, lower your standards! Remember, not all of
us can win the Lottery or end world hunger. We can,
however, celebrate finishing a report, finding an
empty parking place or seeing a beautiful sunset.
Review your list before you go to sleep each
night-it will help you to sleep.
Make a list of things you enjoy doing. It might
include a walk, a soak in the tub, sharing a joke
with a friend, drawing a picture, reading a book,
even cleaning the lint trap, whatever works! Each
morning choose one you will do during the
change the time of day you do your enjoyable item.
Schedule it when you need a break or for a reward,
or as a stimulus for creative problem solving.
least once a month, ask yourself:
What have I done to make my work life more
What have I done to make my home life more
What can I do to increase the frequency of the
things I like about my job and my home?
1995 Patt Schwab, Ph.D.
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