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It’s Our Smiley Lady’s Blog: You, Me, We are the Whole Package!

July 30, 2014
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It’s Our Smiley Lady’s Blog: You, Me, We are the Whole Package!

We are all the whole package, simply doing the best we can 24/7. I love the idea that we are all just being ourselves 24/7. I’ll hear someone complaining or voicing irritation or incredulity about somebody else. I think, they’re just being themselves 24/7. You either like this person or not and if you like them, you like them. Period. The traits that might be labeled as negative, can also be seen as endearing. Man oh man, I hope that others can look at my “challenging traits” and see that I am still lovable. I am the whole package. We…

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Thinking Yourself Healthy: Unhappiness Is Self-Created

July 28, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Healthy: Unhappiness Is Self-Created

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Caroline was not a happy woman. S he saw herself as a victim of circumstances.  She blamed her unhappiness on a long list of external factors (other people, the economy, the weather, the government, her employer…), never dreaming that her…

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Film: Boyhood

July 26, 2014
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Film: Boyhood

Boyhood | Director Richard Linklater | Score: 8.0 We first meet young Mason Jr. (Eller Coltrane) lying on the grass, staring up at the clouds shifting in the sky, a six-year-old, given to staring out the window in his classroom with a strange early sense…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: “Not Now!”

July 23, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: “Not Now!”

Giving Yourself Permission to say, “Not now.” Right now I am wanting more than anything to zone out. But, there’s quite a bit of work I should try to get to today, because tomorrow is going to be very full. But, truth be told, all I…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Nobody’s Perfect!

July 21, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Nobody’s Perfect!

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Harry wanted the perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect home.  At age thirty-nine he was still unmarried, unemployed, and living in a tenement.  His quest for perfection had made it virtually impossible for Harry to be satisfied with…

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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Doing the Best that You Can?

July 16, 2014
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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Doing the Best that You Can?

Doing the best that you can? Try Believing Others Are Too. Sometimes hanging out with cats helps to remind me that everybody is just doing the best that they can. People, like cats, are just busy being themselves 24/7; rarely does that include thinking about irritating…

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Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Dangers of Faulty Positive Thinking

July 14, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Dangers of Faulty Positive Thinking

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Isaac suffered from what could be called “blinding optimism.”  He focused exclusively on the bright side of life, on all the good events.  By sweeping harsh realities under the rug, he was often taken by surprise when unmistakably negative circumstances arose. …

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A Quote for You

I came to understand that is was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result.

- Joanna Field