Black Friday wants you to keep up with the Jones. Not good for your emotional fitness or what others call emotional intelligence.

Why not to keep up with the Jones.


Remember what matters: As Eleanor Roosevelt is thought to have said this, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ”

You know I rant often against the media’s push to make you feel inferior so you will buy more and more searching always for the promised perfection.  At heart, however, I don’t want to kill the economy and we do need people to spend.

I have three Emotional Fitness Training tips for Black Friday.

Tip one: Things do not bring you happiness or satisfaction with who you are. Not to say, things cannot enhance your life.  I could not write without the word processing of a computer.  My problems with spelling and grammar need their corrections.  I love horses, but don’t want to go back to the horse and buggy days.  Keep your expectations realistic.  The more you care about you and are proud of you, the fewer things you need.

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Tip two: The more money you have, the more it is your responsibility to keep the economy alive. Big spenders are needed to keep smaller spenders employed.  The Super Rich  should  not shop on Black Friday.  The Super Rich should not waste time seeking bargains, deals, asking for perks.  The Super Rich  need to tip bigger and give more to charity. 

Tip three: The most proven path to the good life lies in practicing kindness.



Take advantage of all you have been given.  Practice kindness, be here now, be grateful,  laugh often, share and care.

Thank you for all you do and as always stay strong.


Post inspired by this  Daily Prompt:  Keeping up with the Jones: Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can.

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  3. Thanks for this Katherine. I don’t know what Black Friday is or I didn’t until I read this post. And yes, with the coming of Christmas we do need to keep in mind that most of us don’t need anything else but if we don’t spend now the retailers will go out of business- quite a conundrum. But if we buy for the less fortunate rather than for ourselves and our families we can support the economy. Don’t know if that is making sense but that is what I am doing this year.

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