Wallace suggests you "call up a picture in your mind and experience your gratitude in a heartfelt way." I suggest skipping the picture part -- you don't want to have nightmares -- and as for the gratitude, there's nothing more heartfelt than a money order made out to cash, and sent directly to the Cayman Island bank account of the person who makes you so happy. That would be me.
Step No. 2 is "Cope Effectively with the Negative." For the author, this means using "coping skills such as reaching out to others, gaining perspective on our troubles, and actively engaging in the things we do that give our lives meaning." For me, this means continuing, or even intensifying, the non-stop moaning and complaining you do all day, every day, at work. It's a great solution. The more miserable you can make everyone around you, the happier you will be.
"Develop Strong Relationships" is step No. 3, and, for once, the happiness professional and I agree. Wallace says that it "doesn't much matter" who we select as the object of our attention, as long as "we take the time and trouble to nurture and appreciate our most important relationships." This is exactly why you need to spend even more time and money strengthening the magical, mystical connection between you and your bartender. If a perfect Negroni doesn't make you happy, I don't know what will.
"Pursue Meaningful Goals" is Lynda Wallace's fourth and final step to happiness. She wisely counsels, "We choose our goals well," remembering that making progress towards our goals "actually contributes even more to our happiness than achieving them does." Considering the glacial pace at which you inch towards your goals, you should be one of the happiest people on earth. Just make sure you never really do accomplish anything. We'd all be shocked, but you'd just be sad.
Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.
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