Friday, July 17, 2009
Breaking the Bad Habit of Negative Thinking
article by Jerry Lopper
Positive thinking--being optimistic and hopeful--is a habit anyone can adopt with some practice. Why might you want to do so? A positive attitude and optimistic thinking are healthy. The power of positive thinking is that hopeful, optimistic people are healthier, live longer, and report greater satisfaction with life than those who might be labeled pessimistic.
Positive Thinking and Reality
Positive thinking is not ignoring reality. Bad things happen to positive and negative people alike (though Law of Attraction advocates may disagree). The difference is that positive thinkers tend to look for the best in a situation. That doesn't mean they ignore the negative
event, just that they accept it and look for ways to make things more positive.
Positive thinkers believe that good things abound, that opportunities exist aplenty, and that the majority of people are positive and well-meaning.
Breaking the Bad Habit
If your habit until now has been to think negatively, to expect the worst in situations, and to be cynical about life in general, ask yourself if this way of thinking is bringing you happiness. If not, perhaps it's time to explore a new way of thinking--positive thinking.
As with any life change, it's critical that you are committed and ready to make the change. Changing an habitual life process is no small feat. It will take your full commitment along with the support and help of others.
Positive Thinking Suggestions
Once you've decided to think more positively, the following steps will help you re-focus your thinking. Expect some set-backs. Habitual behavior is hard to change, but it can change with effort, commitment, and practice.
1. Declare your intent to think positively. Intention is very powerful, even more so when declared publicly. But at the least, write down your intention. Get it on paper in strong, direct language. This is not the time to be tentative.
2. Tell one or two friends of your intention and ask for their support. Don't tell anyone unless they are positive and supportive themselves.
3. This positive affirmation may help you get started: I am an optimistic, hopeful, positive thinking person. I accept that bad things may happen in my life, but I look for positive opportunities in the midst of anything negative.
4. Research the literature for benefits of positive thinking. Knowing that it is good for you will help reinforce your commitment. Suggested sources: PsychologyToday.com, WebMD.com, and the books Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism by Dr. Martin Seligman.
5. When some negative thinking occurs, examine all the facts you know. Be clear about what is fact and what is fear, what is known and what is assumed. If you find you've jumped to a negative conclusion to the facts you know, ask yourself what other situations might fit the same facts?
6. At the end of each day, reflect on the positives of the day. What went right and why? Rather than focusing on what went wrong, focus instead on what you learned.
Become very aware of your thinking. Notice when you think positively and congratulate yourself. Also notice when you think negatively and convert your thoughts to a more positive view.
7. At the end of the day repeat this affirmation: I am an optimistic, hopeful, positive thinking person.
8. Before going to sleep, reflect upon what you're looking forward to the next day.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say its not quite as good as his mother's
......then adopt a dog.
If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour,
for as long and wherever you want ...
......then adopt a dog.
If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies
......then adopt a dog.
If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to
warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores
......then adopt a dog !
If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually ..
.......then adopt a dog.
BUT, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness
......then adopt a cat!
Now be honest, you thought I was gonna say... marry a man, didn't you?
........have a GREAT Day!!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Skipping meals—especially breakfast—may seem like an easy way to slash calories from your daily intake, but this thinking backfires in a big way. People who skip breakfast overeat and make poorer food choices during the rest of the day.
Fast fix: Bypass the high-fat breakfast sandwiches or doughnuts. Opt for whole-grain muffins, crackers, toast or rolls; yogurt and fresh fruit; berries on whole-grain cereal; an egg wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla; or a fruit smoothie.
2. Cutting all carbs
Eliminating an entire food group like carbohydrates from your diet may result in eating too much meat, protein and foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Low-carb dieters often eat too few fruits, vegetables and whole grains, missing out on important antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients. Following a low-carbohydrate plan can lead to kidney stones, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, bad breath, fatigue and nausea.
Fast fix: Include healthful carbs in your diet like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and skip the refined sugars like white breads, pastas and white rice.
3. Drinking too many liquids
Because people often mistake thirst for hunger, staying well hydrated is one way to keep overeating in check—but watch those liquid calories. If you’re downing a lot of juice, milk, soda or other beverages each day, you may be consuming far more calories than you think.
Fast fix: Water is the best option to meet your daily beverage quota. Try sparkling or flavored water or squeeze a wedge of lemon, lime or orange into your glass. Choose low-fat or nonfat milk, diet soft drinks and unsweetened teas.
4. Shunning snacks
Eating one or more healthy snacks each day can help your weight-loss efforts by keeping hunger and binging under control and providing much-needed nutrients and fiber.
Fast fix: Think of your snacks as mini meals and plan them with balance, variety and moderation in mind. Try cut-up raw vegetables or fruit; low-fat yogurt; fat-free pudding; popcorn; pretzels; a sliced apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter; a small baked potato with two tablespoons of low-fat yogurt and Cajun seasoning; or whole-grain crackers, crisp breads or bagels with fresh fruit, hummus or low-fat cheese.
5. Sticking with strictly cardio workouts
You may be watching your calories and running regularly, but you’re missing some serious calorie burning if you’re not weight training, too. By training your muscles to become stronger, you build and maintain muscle mass, which helps control body-fat composition and burns more calories—even while at rest.
Fast fix: Do strengthening activities—like lifting weights, using resistance bands, doing push-ups and sit-ups or heavy gardening or household chores—two or three times a week.
Everyday, I work hard to correct these bad habits. Some times I win & some times I lose but at least I'm still in the game. Blessings, Dee
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