Chapter 5. MENTAL SOFTWARE UPGRADE 2: Adopting Affirmative Thinking

"The three great requirements for a happy life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

Joseph Addison

"I'm just your basic forty-year-old bag."

So said a woman as she introduced herself to about thirty other people in the first session of an evening course I taught some years ago. The sessions explored a range of life skills, and we had just assembled to get started. Each person gave his or her name and shared whatever personal information he or she felt was appropriate.

Most of her fellow members chuckled at her clever self–characterization, but the subtext of the comment was not lost. How we describe ourselves to others usually reflects how we define ...

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