Times are Tough...Laugh11/11/2008
Laugh ... and the whole world laughs with you. Cry ... and you have to blow your nose
Times are tough. And there may be little you can do about the government or financial policy that is needed to fix these times.
But you ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have control over your response to these times or any other times. So what can you do or should you do when times are challenging?
=> 1. Limit your exposure to negative people.
There's an old proverb that says, "Misery loves company." Maybe so. But more accurately, "Misery breeds misery."
Perhaps you've noticed some folks at work talking on and on about how bad the economy is. Or you've heard some coworkers express their anger over the changes in the company.
If you're not careful, you'll get sucked into the discussion. You'll add your own comments about how rotten everything is. And as you do, you'll kill off your own positive energy, and you'll end up feeling worse than you did before.
For your own good, limit your exposure to negative people. Don't join them for lunch in the company cafeteria, and shorten your telephone conversations with those people who just want to complain and commiserate.
=> 2. Limit your exposure to negative input.
Obviously, you want to be informed about what is happening in the world, in the country, in your company, and in your family. You want to know enough so you can make the best judgments as to what you should do.
But once you know the news, shut it off. After all, the news now ... like the news 5, 10, or 50 years ago ... is almost always negative and almost always repeated. That's why CNN should be known as Constant Negative News.
Overexposure to negative input has no redeeming value. It will not make your life better, help you sleep more soundly, make you more money, or improve your relationships. Negative input will only depress you.
And then ...
3. Look for humor every day.
Laugh, chuckle, and laugh some more.
The medical evidence is overwhelming. Laughter fills your body with mood-lifting, pain-killing endorphins. And all the spiritual literature says that humor is good for your soul.
So look for at least three funny things every day.
Look for the FUNNY WAY PEOPLE SEE THINGS. For example, one man said he was driving with his three young children when a woman in the convertible ahead of them stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As he was reeling from the shock, he heard his 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Dad, that lady isn't wearing her seat belt!"
Or look for the FUNNY WAY PEOPLE SAY THINGS. One woman talked about the time she was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle, the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer the phone. She was horrified to hear her daughter say, "Mommy can't come to the phone right now. She's hitting the bottle."
Or look for the FUNNY QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK. It's like the little boy who got lost at the YMCA and wandered into the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks ... with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"
The humor is out there, all around you, every day. Look for it and laugh.
And finally ...
There's no getting around the point that these are challenging times. But you don't have to become challenged and defeated. Take control of your spirit, your mood, your attitude, and your response to what life throws at you!