Post By: CoachNelson57 | Friday, May 1, 2020

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There is an old saying, “if you want to make God laugh, show him your day planner.” My wife and I had events planned for every weekend in the months of March and April of 2020; however due to Coronavirus were forced to cancel them all. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the current global epidemic we find ourselves in, however like all individuals, we have the ability to choose how we respond in all situations, which has a greater affect on our lives than what actually occurred.

E + R =O is a formula made popular by former Ohio State Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer and speaker/writer Tim Kight. The idea is that an event (E) takes place and how one chooses to respond (r) determines his/her outcome (O). Responding positively to a negative situation does not guarantee things will work out the way you desire and is much easier said than done; however is shown to be much more effective than responding or thinking negatively.

Unless you are Marty McFly or Dr. Brown with access to the Delorean, there is nothing you can do about the coronavirus outbreak of 2020. That is our shared “E”. How you “R” is up to you. Things can always be better, and things could always be worse. Our reference point is critical so hunt the good stuff! Your “R” is critical not only in determining your own state of being but is also the “E” that others encounter.

Each morning when you wake up, you've got two choices: 1- You can be happy or 2- You can be really happy! One way to stay focused on all of the good things in your life despite any or all of the challenges and negative circumstances is to keep a gratitude journal. Researchers have found that by keeping a gratitude journal your life will improve and is likely to enhance your optimism and overall life satisfaction while decreasing negative qualities such as envy and depression. Gratitude journals have been linked to improving ones: (a) relationships, (b) physical and mental health; © ability to empathize; (d) sleep quality; (e) self-esteem and has even been shown to reduce certain physical disorders and illness.

How you keep your own gratitude journal is up to you however each day make sure to write down three to five things you are thankful for. If you enjoy a challenge try not to repeat any. You'll be amazed at what start to start to take notice of! This is a simple daily exercise that will enhance your own life and everyone who is lucky enough to know you.