Monday, November 19, 2012



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My Facebook friends have been posting things they are thankful for this month. The posts have ranged from being thankful for four-legged "kids" to  a loved one surviving an unexpected, necessary surgery.  I caught on to what they were doing a little late in the game.

But, it made me stop to think about it enough to suggest this be something you commit to being thankful on a daily basis year around....NOT just at Thanksgiving!

When you are out of work for any length of time it may feel that the negatives far outweigh any positive things in your life. Usually this is more a factor of focus and not necessarily reality.

This is not to say your life is nothing but a bed of roses.  Rather, the more you push yourself to focus on the things you have to be thankful for, the less negative you will see things.

And, you may have to push yourself!  Have you ever heard of the expression, "Fake it til you make it."? This approach can work very well for you and your situation if you apply it diligently.


 I will leave you to come up with the particulars, but in general focusing on the positives can:
  1. Facilitate more positive feedback from others
  2. Allow you to see more of the bigger picture so you don't miss opportunities
  3. Encourage others 
  4. Relieve stress at home
  5. Give you something else to focus on
  6. Release endorphins that will make you feel better
  7. Contribute to a more successful job search
  8. Free you up to spend your energy on beneficial thoughts and activities
  9. Make you feel good
You can choose to be thankful not thankless.  I hope you do!

What do you feel thankful for?

Other articles that may be of interest:

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Apr 06, 2012
The negative emotions can be especially magnified at holiday time when Delaware familes join together and expect happy times. Well meaning friends and relatives often increase the sense of frustration and anger that can ...
Apr 05, 2012
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