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Senior and Senior: Have a Good Day

Some people bristle when perfect strangers have the audacity to tell them to “have a good day.” If they are feeling rotten and out of sorts it may be the last thing they want to hear. They may just want to growl, yell, foam at the mouth or tell that perfect stranger to get lost. You too, you probably think the expression is overused, trite, and meaningless, but is it? You know, there’s not a person in the world who doesn’t want you to have a good day. Just because you got up on the wrong side of the bed is no reason to put a damper on everyone else’s day. You may have to work at it, especially if you aren’t a morning person, but you can have a good day. Think of each morning as a new beginning. Instead of letting yesterday’s problems get you down, look ahead, and see each problem as a challenge. You do like a challenge, don’t you? How you feel in the morning can impact your whole day. If you anticipate a good day, you are more likely to have one. You probably think that putting on a happy face is too much work, but it’s a start. Get up a little earlier tomorrow and program in a little alone time, before you tackle whatever lies ahead. Wake up. Breathe. Exercise. Meditate. Read something inspirational. Have a good breakfast. Sip your cup of coffee slowly. Do not rush. Refrain from raising your voice and try not to complain about things that are out of your control. Fresh start. Think positively about what you can do to make your day a good one. There may be a zillion things on your mind, but you can only do one thing at a time. Make a list. First things first. It is easier to free up space in your mind if you have a plan, but most of all, when someone says, “have a good” day, acknowledge them, smile, and say, “You know, I think I will.” You might even add “I hope you do to.”