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Times are Tough-but Do We Need to Make Things Worse with a Poor Attitude?
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Things are difficult today for many families, whether urban or rural, and yet many families are doing OK. What makes the difference between families who are hardly functioning and others who seem to thrive? Well there are no easy answers to explain human behavior because it is so complex. However, what we do know is that 'attitude' is often the key to whether a person will survive and thrive. What is your general attitude towards your life?
- Are you basically happy and content with who you are?
- Are you happy with your work, your home, and your relationships?
- Do you believe you have control over many things in your life? Do you believe you can change some things to make life better?
- Do you have hope for the future?
Attitude, your manner or disposition, is a critical factor in determining how you perceive things that happen to you during your day, your week, and ultimately your life. It isn't that we must be 'happy-go-lucky' all the time, nor live as though we have no cares, because that simply isn't practical. With economic hardships, drought conditions, and war in the middle east, families are experiencing difficult times. These difficult times are not to be ignored because they are a reality. But it is how we deal with our reality that will make a difference to how we handle life. Take a few moments to do an attitude check on yourself. It may be that you need to make some changes. Are you taking care of yourself? Are you taking care of your intimate partner relationship? Are you nurturing relationships with family and friends you love? Are you around other people who are a positive influence on you? Do you need to see a professional counselor who can help you work through some things that may be hurting you and affecting your attitude toward life? You are your own best asset. Take care of yourself and your attitude!
- Dr. Kathy Bosch, Extension Family Life Specialist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center
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