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How To Improve Your Mood – Fast

Stuck on: a long line, in traffic, a rude remark, it’s time to change the unpleasant mental movie to a calmer, more enjoyable one. The problem with the initial plot is that deep down you believe there are winners and losers and now you identify with the losers. This makes you feel disconnected. Also, since you expect things to happen in a certain way in your story, when they don’t, you feel upset. This hurls you into a stress cycle which saps your energy and distorts your focus.

Here’s how to quickly become the hero of your life story: Use a negative experience as a rung on the ladder of success in your life story. A rude remark or a barb? Become the winner by taking the high road and reinterpreting it with compassion. Let “So what!” become your new mantra. One woman in my stress management group tried it out at home. She kept saying
“So what!” to her husband who was criticizing her that day. He asked, “What’s with this, ‘So what!’?” She laughed, eyes twinkling.

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