Remember to smile, compliment, and say thank you as you go about your day, not just today, but every day. Doing so improves your emotional fitness.
Emotional Fitness Training Tips about Kindness
Tip one: This link How to Be Kind to People Worldwide: 10 steps – wikiHow gave birth to this post. Focuses on the big picture involved in using kindness to create a better world.
Tip two: Kindness spreads whereever you practice it. Start with yourself, your family, and your friends, but spread outward from there.
Tip three: Practicing kindness does not demand being Pollyanna happy all the time. Desperately seeking happiness is denying reality, but we can work to handle the bad times better. When my last nerve is under someone’s foot, and being kind is not possible at that moment, I try to “Suck it up, Ms. Buttercup.” and minimally not turn cruel. Later, if possible and worth the effort, I work to deal with the last nerve situation calmly and kindly.
As I note above sometimes it is not possible to stay strong by being kind. There are bullies in the world eager to take advantage of those who seek the kindness path. That is why speaking out against all hate talk is so important. Protest such talk in person. Also be vigilent when listening to the talking heads, viewing all media–including ads, movies, and television shows that portray violence even in a humorous way, and protest in one way or another. Promote more balance in our news media.
DISCLAIMER ONE: ADVICE IS JUST ADVICE NOT A GUARANTEE Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about how to stay emotionally strong. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you those of us who think we can help. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share my blog. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability. If you hang in with me, thank you.
HERE COMES A SHAMELESS PLUG BUT FIRST A CARTOON from the Wiki-how page.
One of the easiest ways to practice kindness is to like, share or comment as you do your internet surfing. We all need affirming and most of us on social media want to be liked. Do your part in lifting other’s spirit.
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Here is what therapist Geraldine Wallman, ACSW, DSW said when she reviewed it:As a psychotherapist I am always looking for accessible, accurate and helpful material on emotional regulation to share with my clients. “Tame the Test Anxiety Monster” meets these criteria and goes one better – it employs a gentle humor that can reduce the reader’s anxiety immediately. I know it did mine. This book will be useful not only for parents struggling to improve their skills in parenting anxious young test-takers, but also for older students who can apply the principles to themselves and adults who have difficulty regulating their own anxieties.
My other books include:Parents Are People Too. An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents How to Hold a Successful Family Meeting
Finally, you might enjoy my Emotional Fitness Pinterest Board
As always thank you all for all you do, stay strong, and lots of love, laughs and luck.