Most of us don’t realize that we have a few central narratives running through our lives because the stories we tell ourselves are so familiar that we don’t even realize they are stories. In my work with clients, I’ve found that it’s often not the events of life that allow or prevent success in love, work, and happiness. It’s the stories we tell ourselves — and we can change our stories.
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Don’t worry when people tell you it will be hard to find a job. What the doom-and-gloom folks don’t understand is that they have something as contagious as the H1N1 virus– anxiety. Like the flu, they are probably “carriers” without even realizing it. You can innoculate yourself.
We are in the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, but it may offer real opportunities for gains in well-being for both lawyers and teachers. First, let’s consider the effect of money on happiness. Then let’s think about how this downturn can be an opportunity to reconsider the priority of goals for financial gain.
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Have you heard someone boast that they had worked 70 hours last week? Were you impressed or did you think the speaker was exaggerating or inefficient? Why do some take pride in proving that their work is more effortful, difficult, or even painful than that of others? This need to feel indispensable comes at the expense of health and happiness.