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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Staying positive is an art. Much like good nego-
tiating, mentoring and even budgeting, it is a skill
that is only refined over time when put to use often.
Looking on the bright side is sometimes much easier
said than done.
Life can get you down at a moment s notice with
relationship ups and downs, career set-backs and
sometimes even the smallest of inconveniences can
have us ready throw our hands up in despair. But not
to fear. Here are some hopeful insights you can use
when needed. Consider these to be your secret weapon
when pessimism seems to be lurking in the shadows.
1 Don't sweat the small stuff
You ve heard the phrase, "choose your battles wise-
ly"---this is more important than ever when steering
clear of additional drama and headaches that may taint
your mood. If it s not going to affect your health, liveli-
hood, marriage or family, chances are it s a molehill
and not a mountain.
2 Breathing space
Having a space to decompress after a long day or
sometimes mid-way through the day is essential in
focusing your energy on the right things. We must
centre ourselves and make certain we have a full tank
before we continue to extend ourselves to others. When
you run on empty, resentment, anger and frustration
are sure to follow.
3 Who's your squad?
Who are the people you can go to at a moment s
notice and they rally around you with positivity and
encouragement? It may be a special co-worker, a long-
time friend, your spouse or maybe a parent. Identify
your biggest cheerleaders in life. They make deposits
into you, not debits. These are the people who will
remind you of your worth when you can t do it for
We all know the catchy tune from Disney s Frozen
about not holding onto things. This can really be applied
to everyday life. Much like the point in number 1 about
choosing battles, even when something occurs that is
worth your energy---don t let it fester inside of you,
draining you of all your capacity to function. Choose
an appropriate amount of time to handle the situation
and then move on.
Lifestyle habits of optimistic people
Microscopic creatures kept frozen for more than
three decades have been successfully brought back
The 1mm long tardigrades were collected from a
frozen moss sample in Antarctica in 1983, according
to a new paper published in the journal Cryobiology.
Japan s National Institute of Polar Research stored
the eight-legged, segmented critters at---4F for just
over 30 years. They thawed and revived two of the
animals, which are also known as water bears or
moss piglets, in early 2014.
One of them died 20 days into the experiment,
reports the BBC. But its companion survived and
managed to reproduce with a third tardigrade that
had been hatched from a frozen egg. It went on to
lay 19 eggs, of which 14 survived.
Tardigrades, found living in water across the world,
are renowned for being tough and have previously
survived several days after being blasted into space.
According to Japan s The Asahi Shimbun newspaper,
their metabolism shuts down and they enter a cryp-
tobiotic state when faced with low temperatures.
Lead researcher Megumu Tsujimoto said the team
now wants to "unravel the mechanism for long-term
survival by looking into damage to tardigrades DNA
and their ability to repair it." (Huffington Post)
With the exception of grieving an extreme
loss, such as the death of a loved one (in which
case I strongly advise you to seek spiritual or
professional counseling), most things are a blip
on the radar in retrospect once you look back.
5 Encouragement breeds gratitude
They say giving is better than receiving and
when it comes to kindness, this couldn t be
Giving words of encouragement and praise
to others is great way to boost yourself. You ll
be surprised at how awesome it feels to push
someone else forward with kind words.
You may use one of these tactics, all of them
or perhaps you ll create your own list. The
important thing to remember is that having a
consistent positive outlook is an art. And like
any skill, practice makes perfect.
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