When I interview with reporters I never know which ones will actually get included in final articles . One of my Facebook friends spotted quotes while thumbing through the Nov. Reader’s Digest cover story in the grocery store and posted something on my wall. Thanks Felicia!
The writer of this article is witty so it makes for a fun read. Enjoy!
It’s not like most people set out to be grouchy, says therapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, author of The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women. “People are born with constellations of personality traits and dispositions that, when coupled with experience, can lead to a less than agreeable disposition,” she says. “If you have a temperament that is less agreeable than those around you, you may be labeled a grouch just because you’re experiencing life differently.”
In some ways, people who are moody or pessimistic may be at a health advantage. Research has shown that older adults who are pessimistic about their future actually live longer and are less likely to live with a disability, says Hanks. And people who tend toward pessimism may use negative thinking as a motivational strategy, she says. “While they may be a drag to be around, they may actually be trying to improve themselves.”
Still, if you’re not happy with your mood (or with your resident crankypants), consider these 6 ways to un-grouch a grump.
Feeling mad isn’t all bad! Sometimes it can motivate us to make a change, set healthier boundaries, or problem solve. In my clinical practice I see many women who have difficulty identify and expressing this often misunderstood emotions. Here are a few ways mad can actually make your life better!
I’m breaking out my guitar and brushing up on my piano songs for a rare concert on Oct. 18 in Idaho Falls for an audience of all women. If you’re in the ID Falls area I hope you’ll join me and help me spread the word!
There are probably more items on that glaring to-do list than are necessary and in reality, more than humanly possible. But somehow it continues to grow, whether out of obligation or fear of letting others down.
So why do women, especially Latter-day Saint women, feel the need to bite off more than they can chew?
In her book “The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women” (Covenant Communications, $13.99), Julie de Azevedo Hanks address this topic — and much, much more. As an award-winning performing songwriter, mother of four and owner of Salt Lake City-based Wasatch Family Therapy, Hanks knows a thing — or six — about helping women find emotional stability through her “burnout cures”…
Through this recent book review on The Good Enough Teacher blog I was thrilled to discover that my workshop presentation “Preventing Emotional Burnout” actually inspired the name of this blog! Good Enough Teacher shares what she’s learned from reading The Burnout Cure and how it applies to teachers specifically. Read the post Preventing Teacher Burnout.