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What’s Your Focus?

A Great Idea …

“Optimism is not about providing a recipe for self-deception. The world can be a horrible, cruel place, and at the same time it can be wonderful and abundant. These are both truths. There is not a halfway point; there is choosing which truth you put in your personal foreground.” (Professor of psychology, Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book, The How of Happiness, p. 111)

In Other Words …

We all choose which truth we will feature in our lives. We can dwell on the pains, worries, and disappointments of our lives. Or we can focus on the growth, opportunities, and prospects. When we focus on the positive things that happen, we will find ourselves more energized and optimistic.

How this Applies to You …

What are some of the things that have happened to you this week? See how many positives you can find. You may discover a surprising number of small blessings: sunshine, children’s laughter, talking with a friend, or chocolate. How can you be more aware of and focused on the positives in your life?

To Find Out More …

For more great ideas (or to share your ideas), check out our Navigating Life’s Journey blog

For excellent (and free!) programs on improving your personal well being, check out The Personal Journey and Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For more information, we recommend The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky or Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Seligman.

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  • Reply Becca January 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Excellent post, Uncle Wally. I am always impressed with your positive outlook on life, and your instructions to keep wearing “rose-colored glasses” has been a great influence in my life and in my perception of the things that happen in my life.

    Thank you, as always, for your wisdom.

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