When I pet my cat and she starts purring, I know she is happy, content and relaxed and a few minutes of petting her makes me happy, content and relaxed. It also gives me a positive attitude and motivation for the day. Any pet can do this. Most are always there and willing to let you pet them.
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When I have a pile of clutter that needs organizing, or a tedious job I dislike doing, I set a timer for 15 minutes. I tell myself I must only work that long. Every time I end up working much longer--sometimes even finishing the job!
This "trick" works for exercise too!
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