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Lighten Up - 5 tips to banish bad moods

5 Tips To Improve Your Mood

One of my many, many talents, besides remaining incredibly humble despite my obvious genius and my ability to eat three Big Macs in one sitting, is finding new and exciting things to get bummed out about.

It can be something really big ("Probably sometime between now and never, a giant meteor will crash into Earth and kill us all, and most likely ruin the flower bed I just spent all morning weeding!"), or something that's only a big deal to me ("That car just honked because I was crossing the street too slowly, and now they're going to be late to the gym and not get the good treadmill and they hate me and I'm worthless and I should probably curl up in a dark room with a pint of ice cream and a Sylvia Plath novel!").

So, if it wasn't obvious before, it should come as no huge surprise to you that I've spent countless hours in therapy. Most of those leather couch hours were whiled away in my teens and twenties, because these days I'm loads happier ("Oh no, I'm a humor writer, and being happy isn't funny - augggghhh, I'm too happy to be funny! My career is over!" -- See? I told you. Getting bummed out is my special gift.) Happy or not, you can tell I still know plenty about working myself up into a grumpy stress ball, so I still use lots of the advice my head doctor gave me for nipping negative thoughts in the bud.

I have an article up at P&G Everyday ("Yay, another writing gig, even though pretty soon they'll probably fire me for being a dangerously slow traffic obstruction who lies about weeding her flower beds and eats ice cream in the dark!") with five quick and easy ways to keep a positive attitude in a world full of Negative Nancys (um, like me). Click on over to find out how to make sure your glass stays half full, and I'll be around shortly to top it off with more wine.

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11 comments:

  1. Robyn, I really do love your writing. I was going to comment specifically on #1, but then I read 2, 3, 4, and 5 ;) These are such good tools for us as parents, and to model for our kids. My grandma taught me to say, "That's just not possible." So much easier than "no," but the same amount of freedom!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your grandma's phrasing - it makes it clear that you're not saying no because you don't want to, or because you're being stingy with your time/efforts/money. Also leaves no room for negotiation. ;)

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  2. Can I hire you to come cheer for me? I'll even run to Party City and get some of those pom poms you can use for favors but would add a lot more to the experience over all. I'm too cheap to buy real pom poms. Or you could just sit on the back deck and drink beer with me. Your choice.

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    1. Back deck beer! Back deck beer! After we have a few I might try a cheer, but as soon as I twist my ankle (immediately) we'll go back to beer.

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  3. I think you are in some kick-ass company of Miserable Mabels (this new name is going to stick!) because everyone knows that humor writers, clowns, stand-up comics and television sitcom writers are some of the most deeply wounded people alive which is why we can make regular life funny because we're not "regular". For my next trick, I'm going to take a humor post and turn it into a therapy couch. Oh, I already did that. For my next, next trick, I'm going to use your blog to stalk you. Shit. I do that too. For my next, next, next trick, I'm going to shut up.

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    1. No, don't shut up! I love it when you stalk me, but it's a lot more fun when we can have a conversation while you're doing it.

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  4. What? 3 Big Macs in one sitting? My record is 2. You have me beat.

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    1. Yeah, but it's tough not to pass out at the 2 1/2 mark. Not really worth it, except for the near-celeb status it brings me! Oh wait, no it doesn't...

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  5. You said the word "nipping" which brought a smile to my face. You should add that to your list.

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    1. It's definitely a work in progress. :)

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