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Embrace your future

October 26, 2011

A Great Idea …

“Once you sharpen your skills for savoring the past and the present, use those newly honed skills to anticipate future good times. Cherish them in advance…Simply tune yourself to be ready for goodness however it shows up. Believe that it will arrive, while also embracing the fact that the details will always surprise you.” (Professor of psychology, Barbara L. Fredrickson, in her book, Positivity, p. 212)

In Other Words …

It is common for us to use our minds to fret about what might go wrong in our lives. Will I lose my job? Will I get sick? Will this relationship flounder?

Our minds are amazing things! They allow us to create both good and bad. One of the amazing things they can do is to create a happy future.

When we use our minds well, the future does not need to frighten us; it can inspire and energize us.

How This Applies to You …

In the midst of daily demands, make time to anticipate gladly the milestones and joys that lie ahead. Look forward to completing an important task, spending time with loved ones, or pursuing a hobby. You can borrow sunshine from tomorrow to bring added light to today.

To Find Out More …

For more great ideas (or to share your own ideas), check out the Navigating Life’s Journey blog

For excellent (and free!) programs on improving your personal well being, check out The Personal Journey and Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For more information, we recommend Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson or Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Seligman.

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