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  • Responding to Other People’s Negative Emotions: Sometimes You’re Just Tree #4

    Sometimes you’re just tree #4 in someone else’s life.  This anecdote from Bob Goff’s Everybody, Always, really struck me. I’m not the hero or the villain, I may just be tree #4, part of the scenery in someone else’s life.  At the grocery store I asked the woman bagging if she could use paper bags […]

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  • We’re All Climbing the Ladder of Life: Recognizing Where We Are On It, What Keeps Us From Ascending, Comparing Our Assent with Others, and Providing a Helping Hand Along the Way

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    We’re all on a ladder in life. We may be on different rungs but we’re somewhere on it. Sometimes we find ourselves thinking about other people’s shortcomings and how much they bother us. We all know we have shortcomings.  We see it in our family, coworkers, friends, and drivers on the road. It causes frustration, […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?

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  • How to Not Procrastinate…and Get More Done.

    There are things in our lives that need to be done, but for whatever reason, we put it off.  Here are some ways to help you work through that, make progress, and move on. Determine What You Procrastinate For me I let the shredding pile build up.  Who wants to take time to shred ten […]

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  • What to Do When Someone Offends or Snaps at You

    ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt you ‘  I never found this saying to be true.  However, there are things you can do when people say hurtful things, whether they mean to or not. Communicate Your Feelings I think one of the most important things to do when someone […]