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Ditch the gloom

“Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things have a way of working out.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley

We’ve all met a few chronic complainers and serial critics. If we spend enough time with these folks, we risk falling under the insidious spell of negativity and dissatisfaction. How much fun is that?

Of course, life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. (Yes, it’s infuriating.) As today’s quote suggests, if we aim for optimism most of the time, we’ll discover that life is less of a drag and our outlook improves.

A negative attitude won’t resolve problems. And, as any therapist will tell you, positive attitudes are contagious. Look for people who move through their days “with a happy spirit.” ~Cindy La Ferle

STORY ALERT: My new feature on “How to Manage the Stress of Holiday Gift-giving” will run on the Homefront page of this Sunday’s Oakland Press. Look for it online or in the print edition Sunday.

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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