Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Our pets add so much to our lives. I can't even begin to imagine not having a pet. I have two cats now, and they never fail to make me smile, no matter how crummy I am feeling. They keep me very busy too, which is a good thing.
I have fond memories of every pet my family ever had. One pet that stands out is a dog my grandparents had when I was little. Her name was Puppy (very creative name). Puppy had a great trick - she'd howl when you asked her, "How does the rooster crow?" I used to love that trick; I thought Puppy was a genius.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Sometimes we just need a little "attitude adjustment". We need some sort of spark to energize us and encourage positive thinking.
A positive attitude can get recharged in a variety of ways. It could be something as simple as getting a compliment from someone, or having a good day at work.
I've found there are a lot of little things that can help put me in a more positive frame of mind, like hearing a song I really like, going to a place I like, having a really good talk with someone, a really good dream, or when someone does something nice for me. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes the little things really do help - and they add up.
Other ways to jump start a positive attitude -
Turn to friends and family. The ones who care for us are our biggest supporters. Spend some time together.
Do something fun. Put responsibilities on hold, kick back and recharge.
Get moving. Exercise releases endorphins that give you a natural mood lift and can get the thoughts turning toward the positive.
Clean out the mental clutter. Being weighed down by worries, regrets, or other bad feelings saps your problem-tackling energy. Get 'em out of the way. Talk to someone. Try to shift the focus back to the good stuff in life.
With a positive attitude, you can handle anything.