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advice positive outcomes is a way to overcome negative thinking. Instead, say to yourself something to the effect of, “I am going to the store to pick up some much needed groceries and then will enjoy a nice meal when I get home.” real help Time management is one of the most crucial skills in keeping life in balance and is a contributing factor to your energy levels, financial status, stress levels – you name it. Your schedule on the surface may appear to be filled up and you may think that you don’t have any time to do the things you love. However, does a jam-packed schedule make you happier, more excited, and more fulfilled? If not, reevaluate how you spend your time and ask yourself if you are doing the things that truly make you happy? Take an inventory of the different “events” that make up your day and ask yourself: “Are these things that you should be doing or things you want to be doing?” We often prioritize our schedule based on our highest priorities and fail to leave room for new possibilities. As human beings, we tend 3. Open yourself up to new possibilities. to go on “automatic pilot” and repeat behaviors and thoughts unconsciously. One major contributing factor to happiness is growth. As much as we desire security, routine, and comfort, we also crave adventure, variety and expansion. Latin writer Publilius Syrus once said, “When we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” The key point here is to be open to all possibilities. Set yourself a goal by trying something new for the next 30 days. I would suggest by starting to first write down the things you would like to do and find out where in your schedule you can fit in this new goal. For starters, consider the following as possibilities: • Take a daily walk outdoors. • Read an inspiring article each day. • Take an art class. • Do 10 pushups a day. • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier to get better quality sleep. • Reduce or eliminate animal-based products from your diet. • Drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily. w Douglas Haddad, is an award-winning educator and best-selling author. You can go online or to a local bookstore and order his new book The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child’s Full Potential . Visit: www.douglashaddad.com and pick up a free PDF copy of The WHOLE LOTTA LIVING Guide for You and Your Family. The 19th Annual Family Café Florida ’ s Premier Event for People with Disabilities and Their Families June 16 -18, 2017 * Hyatt Regency Orlando   No Registration Fee for Families 200+ Breakout Sessions   100+ Exhibit Booths Info, Training, Networking, Fun! Register at www.FamilyCafe.net or call us at 888-309-CAFÉ (2233) MAR/APR 2017 Parenting SPecial needS.org 23

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