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Fake it ’til You Make it…

November 11, 2011

A few times a week I get these great little tips from my friends at Navigating Life’s Journey. With their permission, I’m going to pass some of these tips along to you. Use them to think about how you can improve your life, and to guide you in your goal setting efforts…

Today’s thought: “If you simply pretend to be extraverted when you’re with others-that is, if you act bold, talkative, energetic, active, assertive, and adventurous-no matter what your natural inclinations are, you’ll extract more positivity from those social exchanges.” (Barbara Frederickson, in her book, Positivity, p. 191)

How it Applies to You: Most of us feel shy or want to withdraw from others sometimes. Yet, if we treat people as if they were friends, they often become friends. And we enjoy happiness as the fortunate side-effect.

An Idea for a Goal: Set a goal to make a special effort to be sociable and cheerful for the next week (or even month!). If you’re not sure how to start a conversation you can always ask, “What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done today?”

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My Two Cents: If you’re an introvert, being in large groups of people for long amounts of time can be a bit painful. That doesn’t mean you have to be a shrinking violet, though. Focus on making the most of the time that you have, and do your best to make the best of the situation.

Happy goal getting,

Justin

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