CHAPTER 21

HOW WILL YOU KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE?

Many of us take the events in our lives way too seriously. Anything and everything ends up being viewed as serious and important. Little things become larger than they really are and can seem more critical than truly important things. When you take things too seriously, you lose perspective. Losing perspective creates stress. Stress takes a real toll on your health and ultimately can shorten your life.

When the human body is stressed, all attention is pulled in and focused on the stressor. Vision becomes tunneled, and “extraneous” information is blocked to enable focus on the perceived threat. It is biology at work. Going back to the days before recorded history, when a caveman saw a saber-toothed ...

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