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 Goodfinding.com  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. March 2009 Vol 3 Issue 3   


Instant Attitude Adjustment

 
Here's a quick two-part formula for shifting into a positive, optimistic view of yourself, your health, your relationship or your financial situation. You know how you sometimes get into a mood or attitude that is not quite the one you want? We all do...and since we now know that feeling good and having a positive attitude is the key to creating the life you choose, we need tools for getting back "in the groove" when something has pulled our attention where we don't want it to be.

So, here's your Instant Attitude Adjustment:
1.) Whatever is going on, shift your focus to what you want. Be sure you stay focused on what you want, why you want it, and how good it's going to feel when you get it.
2.) Then come back to the present moment and look at all of the positive aspects that exist right now. There are always tons of positive aspects in the present that get overlooked in our constant search to make things better. In this part of the exercise, you're diving deep into appreciation of what is... regarding your life, your health, your relationship, job or financial picture. Can't find any positive aspects? Look again, I assure you they are there! By practicing this on a regular, ongoing basis, you will find yourself getting into a positive feeling groove that will make you smarter, kinder and more successful in all aspects of your life.
 

Storytelling for Health & Happiness

 

As most of you know, I have another web site, AngerManagementResource.com, which has a wonderful new feature that allows visitors like you to contribute their own stories, which then become web pages that other visitors can read and comment on. You can write on topics of personal healing, anger, or grief and loss. Visit this page to see a full list of topics available. As you know, many vets with PTSD go untreated, or receive inadequate treatment. This is a chance for them to get some help that works, and to help each other. On this web page, vets are invited to tell their stories and heal in the process. This is part of a help and be helped campaign I've begun on AngerManagementResource.com. So, for your own health and happiness, tell your story now!


Want to create steadily growing income? These stories, and the entire AngerManagementResource.com web business is a product of SiteBuildIt! which now has a new eLearning course! Check it out here, and learn how you can create financial freedom for yourself and your family.

 

  Goodfinding In Negative Emotions

 

Research on happiness finds that there is such a thing as too much happiness! The point is that negative emotions (we're basically talking about sorrow, fear and anger) have their place, and are even a part of what positive psychology calls "optimal happiness." When you are emotionally balanced, the negative emotions work as well for you as do the positive ones (joy, love, enthusiasm, humor). Grieving and the emotion of sorrow, for example, are part of love.


Healthy fear becomes vigilance and awareness, and healthy anger fuels effective action. So, as you can see, with healthy grieving skills, appropriate vigilance and awareness, and healthy anger fueling effective action, these negative emotions serve your overall well being and happiness. At its best, anger is a protective emotion, and you can use it to protect your health and happiness with a fierce commitment to a good mental diet, exercise and eating healthy foods and portions. In conclusion, the ultimate benefit of Goodfinding is that it can help you find the value in everything that comes your way in this life!

 

  Feel Good Videos

 
Here is a beautiful, peaceful video about what makes up "A Good Day." Watch it now if you have a few minutes to breathe and relax, and while you're appreciating some wonderful music, thoughts and images, check out The Joy Movie. This next video shows how "out of the mouths of babes" comes great wisdom--and it will also bring a chuckle. Watch "An Eight Year Old Cracks The Code To Happiness." Now for a ride that will amaze you, inspire you and definitely get your heart pumping. Sit, back, relax and enjoy "Never Underestimate An Old Gal." And be sure to watch it all the way through. After a minute and a half, this 80 year old dancer will knock your socks off!

These feel-good videos are important! Remember that Dr. Norman Cousins healed his own heart by watching funny movies, and Dr. Patch Adams made humor as a healing tool famous in the mainstream. I once met a woman who works in the "humorology" department in her hospital. Sloan-Kettering pediatric hospital has "Doctors of Humorology," who are actually highly skilled physicians that call themselves the "Clown Care Unit." Learn more here. So, remember what is good, right and working in your life and the world around you, focus there, and look forward to things just getting better and better.

 

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

 

"Few cases of eye strain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things."
--Plato

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough."
--Richard M. DeVos

"How far that little candle throws his beams!"
--William Shakespeare

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."
--
Winston Churchill


 

 




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