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Focus on the Positive

According to some literature I came across, the average person processes over 60,000 separate thoughts per day, of which 90% occur subconsciously. Automatic thoughts are produced by our subconscious mind and continue to execute without the involvement of our conscious mind. Think about how many things you just do, day in day out, without even consciously thinking about it. They automatically come into action as a response to stimuli in our environment.

We need to actively control our minds and refocus our thoughts to the positive on a daily basis. It is so easy to get distracted – we have so many things to do. And this is why we have to continuously bring our focus to us, to peace and balance and happiness.

When you have a stray thought, capture it and bring it back. Live in the moment and give your full attention to the task at hand or the person who requires your attention. And always refocus your thoughts to bring you contentment and joy.

Here is some fun food for thought from a book called “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin:


People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think.
It’s okay to ask for help.
Most decisions don’t require extensive research.
Do good, feel good.
It is important to be nice to everyone.
Bring a sweater.
By doing a little each day, you get a lot accomplished.
Soap and water removes most stains.
Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.
If you can’t find something, clean up.
You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
You don’t have to be good at everything.
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
Over the counter medications are very effective.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you-and vice versa.
People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.


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CC DeGraff, Executive Director