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Bummer, The World Didn’t End: Now What?

By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.
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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

~Richard Bach

If I owned a restaurant I would have the morning after brunch special for Sunday, May 22.  It would, of course, be called The Day After Brunch, in honor of the day most of us knew would come –in spite of the media frenzy.  The meal would be a chance to celebrate and cope.

On the menu?

  • Eggs benedict, for those who felt betrayed by the hype.
  • Glazed donuts for those who really didn’t see it coming.
  • A Forgiveness Frittata for anyone needing to absolve themselves or others.
  • And, yes, you are allowed to groan when you hear this, but the drink of the day would be: Orange Juice glad the world didn’t end?

If you are reading this the end of the world hasn’t taken place.  Of course we could start looking for a date to plan the next end of the world, but perhaps there is a better use of our time and effort. This is an excellent time for the 3 Rs — reflect, recommit, and restore. Take the time to reappraise yourself, get on track with goals, and prune the things (and people) from your life that aren’t working for you.  Each of these suggestions is supported by the new research in positive psychology.

More of what you want, less of what you don’t. Sustainable positive change comes about slowly.  Start thinking about increasing the activities and events you want more of in your life, and decreasing the things you want less of.  No absolutes.  Less sugar, more protein; fewer work commitments, more time with loved ones; more time exercising, less time watching TV, you get the idea.

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Bummer, The World Didn’t End: Now What?

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  1. People have been predicting the end of the World for centuries. If one is (as I am) a Christian…..we know that one one (“not even the angels know the day or hour”).

    The above “new research in psych.”

    Common sense…love and kindness.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful post, Daniel! It is a great reminder to take small steps every day to achieve big shifts in your life!
    Regards, Deri

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