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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
-- Henry David Thoreau
 

 

Thursday, October 24, 1996

Feeling down?

Everyone has disappointments, setbacks, bad breaks and frustrations. Sometimes it seems that they all come at once, and we find ourselves in a funk. Suddenly we start to see the negative side of everything, and that is certainly no way to live. Let’s look at some ways to quickly bounce back.

Take action. Do something positive. Even if it’s just mowing the yard, or cleaning the old files from your hard disk. Taking action puts you in control of your life, and helps you to get positively focused. Small accomplishments can do wonders for your attitude.

Help someone else. Cheerfully do something for another person. Read a book to a child. Make a donation of time or money. Help your neighbor with a project. Give of yourself and you’ll feel great.

Count your blessings. There are so many good things about life, and too often we take them for granted. Appreciate and be thankful for your home, your health, your family, your life’s experiences, your friends, your skills, your knowledge, and the beautiful world around you. Think of all the people who love you and care about you.

Find a challenge. Re-direct your negative energy and frustrations toward something that will challenge you to be your best.

Things are as negative or as positive as you make them. Adjust your attitude and keep your life on the upward trail.

— Ralph Marston

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