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Thinking Yourself Happy: Three Basic Demands Typical of Neurotic People

September 29, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Three Basic Demands Typical of Neurotic People

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Bonnie grew up expecting life to be simple and easy for her. She came from a wealthy family, attended a small private school, and never had to contend with very much adversity, or even to take care of herself. When she entered college and left her over-protective environment where everyone had pampered her, she fell apart. Now she was expected to make it on her own, to be independent, but Bonnie had no skills ~~ or desire ~~ to face life alone. ••• Imagine going through life with these three demands: “I must do well,”…

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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Optimism Breeds Confidence

September 24, 2014
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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Optimism Breeds Confidence

Truck Stuck on the Side of the Road Smiley I passed this on the freeway and had to get off at the next exit and circle back. Luckily I didn’t get a ticket when I pulled over onto the shoulder to get the photo. I…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones

September 22, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Susan was extremely sensitive. A real or imagined slight, a harsh glance, an overlooked letter, a minor criticism would send her into the depths of gloom and anguish. Her sister remarked: “Susan gets hit by emotional Mack trucks ten times…

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Film: This Is Where I Leave You

September 20, 2014
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Film: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You | Director Shawn Levy | Score: 3.8 God lament the Hollywood family ensemble. Of late, these films seem to take one of two divergent paths: Extreme melodrama, bordering on pathological (August: Osage County); or weak-minded, simpering comedies, which strive…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Well Being

September 17, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Well Being

Someone recently asked me if I was always happy. Certainly not. But I do think I am almost always in a state of well-being. One can have a feeling of well-being even when feeling sad. Well-being comes from so many arenas. One of course is…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Setting Realistic Goals

September 15, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Setting Realistic Goals

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Derek lived by the adage, “reach for the stars.” He believed that any position except at the very top was worthless. He did not realize that some of his lofty aspirations were beyond his true capabilities, and he was often…

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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Optimism can be with you 24/7

September 10, 2014
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It’s Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Optimism can be with you 24/7

I had a very funny conversation today. I was explaining all about the Spontaneous Smiley Project to someone knowing zip about Smiley, hardly knowing me and under the impression that I was there to talk business. To him I must have been the crazy lady…

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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