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Staying positive in a negative environment (economy)

Original post made by Positive, Downtown, on Jul 30, 2009

1. Take a news sabbatical. Listening to the news can be downright depressing. All bad news all of the time can drag you down and keep you there. Give yourself permission to stop listening to the news, especially before bed time.

2. Use your influence to do good where you live. Shift your focus from what is happening in other parts of the world to your community. Get involved in making a positive change or contribution.

3. Focus on what is working in your life. Choose one thing that you are grateful for and focus on it for the rest of the day.

4. Express your appreciation to others. You can create a positive world one person at a time by saying thank you every chance you get to everyone you interact with – from the person who holds open a door for you to your child who does a chore to a cherished friend or loved one.

5. Focus on what you can change, let go of what you can't change. When faced with a distressing situation ask yourself if you can control over the events. If you do, change what you can. If you don't, learn to let it go and move on.

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Posted by VeryCool
a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm

1.Hang out with optimistic people. I can't overemphasize enough how viral optimism can be. Resolve to spend at least 10 minutes every single day with the most optimistic and upbeat people you know, and you will immediately kills off any bad thoughts.

2.Start/develop a hobby or home business. An activity outside of your regular job gives you the opportunity to practice something very enjoyable and extremely personal. It also gives you the feeling of being responsible for something other than your "regular" duties at work and at home, which can be a very positive thing when done in moderation.

3.Use time away from responsibilities wisely. Don't neglect taking care of yourself with exercise, mental stimulation, spiritual healing, and social interaction (the four "cornerstones" of personal renewal). Use time away, whether a normal evening after work, or a specially planned vacation, to renew and refocus your energy.

4.Read inspirational material. Seek out inspirational quotes, books, blogs, television shows, or whatever brings you the most internal joy and motivation. Share it with others to spread the feeling.

5.Make the most of down time at work. If your responsibilities at work are slow, don't let the time go to waste or "expand" your work to fit the time given. Instead, seek out activities which can help the company be successful in the long run and do them today.

6.Strengthen relationships. Relationship-building is the key to success when everything else has fallen to pieces. Use times like these to strengthen your relationships with friends, family members, and colleagues in and outside your field. Contact old friends and use the power of the Internet to its full advantage!

7.Keep your eye on recovery. It may seem like it's a long road ahead, but recovery is inevitably at the end of this cycle. Understanding and looking forward to this time period can help keep you focused and transcend the "bad" for the good times ahead.

8.Use this as an opportunity to "clean house." For many people, an economic downturn is the perfect opportunity to reset and clean up their act. It's also a time that reminds us of what's most important.

9.Turn off the news. Nothing is quite as depressing as getting a daily dose of negativity pumped straight into your brain every time you turn on the television or read the newspaper. Stay away from market reports and the daily news, or make it a point to avoid bad economic news and focus on rebuilding efforts, instead.

10.Empower your strengths and develop your weaknesses. Make an inventory of what you are best at, and resolve today to use those skills to the best of your ability. Then decide on what weaknesses you would most like to work on, and develop those until they are no longer a hindrance.
11.Mind your "circle of influence." There are many things in this world that you have control over directly, just as there are many over which we have very little to no control at all. Keep your focus on what you can change, and let go of everything else.


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Posted by Just Me
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

STOP COMPLAINING. Complaining is draining. People get tired of listening to the same negative comments about someone over and over again. If you have an issue with someone, talk to him or her, don't complain to others. Plus, people can start wondering what negative things you are saying about them.

DISAGREE AGREEABLY. Saying, "I see it differently," or "I disagree" lets people know that you have a different opinion without attacking them or their opinion. If you say, "You're wrong," you are pointing fingers.


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Posted by bud
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

12 - drink premium beer. avoid preachy people. be happy


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Posted by P-town dad
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:17 am

"Worrying is like praying for your worst fears to happen"
- unknown


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Posted by Michael Leonard
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:25 am

I'm going to take a walk down town to the Concert in the Park, stop by Meadowlark for an ice cream, go on over to the Wine Stewart for some wine tasting and maybe stop by Stacey's for some dinner. I think I'll feel better after that.


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Posted by Cruzin' Susan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:58 am

I like to listen to the news in the little free time I have,now that people are catching on to the real Obama. I have been quite depressed that Obama and the current Congress were going to turn this company into a socialist backwater. However, now that people are finding out about the real Obama, and getting daily doses of just how looney Nancy Pelosi is, people's attitudes are changing. Let's hope that's enough to keep block their socialist agenda.


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Posted by Geez
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jul 31, 2009 at 11:14 am

"I like to listen to the news in the little free time I have,now that people are catching on to the real Obama. I have been quite depressed that Obama and the current Congress were going to turn this company into a socialist backwater. However, now that people are finding out about the real Obama, and getting daily doses of just how looney Nancy Pelosi is, people's attitudes are changing. Let's hope that's enough to keep block their socialist agenda.'

Geez your post is vague and just a parrot level staement that means nothing!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 31, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Keep your sense of humor...look at funny things...
Web Link


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Posted by Sunol Dude
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Cruzin' Susan,

I also watch the news for stress relief. I found a place where I can get old TV's for free just for hauling them away. Most of them are in working order. I strung a long input wire outside to get the signal to the TVs which I set up just off my deck. I sit out there and watch the news, with my trusty shotgun at my side. I live up in a sparsely populated canyon. Whenever, Barack Obama's image comes on the TV I blast it away with my shotgun. It lifts my spirits every time. If I can get access to more old TVs, I'll start blasting away whenever Pelosi comes on as well. Double the relief, so to speak. If someone knows where I can get lots of TVs, I can start blasting when Crazy Harry, Chris Dodd, and Barney Frank come on as well.


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Posted by Loons
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Thats what the remote areas of red neck Sunol are for, LOONS like you!

If you are not careful you could easily attract the F.B.I. with a post like that!

Your I.P. address is recorded.


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Posted by Cop
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Sunol Dude,

I know exactly who you are. Your post is borderline!

Cop


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Web Link If you like to watch the news, watch this!

signed,

friends of lolo


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Posted by Sunol Dude
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Loons,
You evidently know very little about Sunol. It is one of the most liberal enclaves in the Bay Area. Not in Berkeley's or SF's league, but right up there. Another reason I need my stress relief thru TV blasting.

Cop,
You better go back to you training. There is nothing illegal about blasting a TV with a shotgun in a rural area against a hillside. City slickers are are much more dangerous with their text messaging, cell phones, and pit bulls.

Now, you best get back to watching Obama, Pelosi, Dodd, and Frank making fools of themselves. OBTW, looks like Dodd has run out of runway. He's going to be investigated for taking a bribe.


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Posted by Dude
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Dude! Your Little Pooch is more of a danger than any Pit Bull! LoL
And a Pink Carry Case? Dude!


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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I choose not to participate in this particular "economic downturn"

Think globally, drink locally.

Peace out P-Town!


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Posted by Viva La Revolution!
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Hey cop...stick to what you know best. Kids on skateboards, doughnuts, .07 DUI's & that whole "protect & serve BS."

We all know local law enforcement is the primary revenue generating tool of every local government in the Tri-Valley.

You are all one step away from a stand in role in Mall Cop II, return of the incompetents.


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