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December 24, 2000
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Practical Psychology is a weekly newspaper column I have been writing
for over 18 years. It is designed to address psychological topics
that are most useful to its readers. Please feel free to re-print any
of them in any form you wish. I ask only that you give the
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MAKING YOUR LIFE WORTH GIVING

By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Now is the traditional season for the giving of gifts. Have you
ever considered your life as a gift to be shared with whomever you
have any kind of relationship? Is the quality of your life worth
sharing with those you love? Is who you really are worth giving to
others? What will your life be like next year at this same time? How
can you make your life more worthwhile? Here are a few suggestions.

Make the time for dreaming. Most people never consciously choose
to dream about their desired future. With photographic clarity, dream
about the kind of lifestyle you want to live in the future. Without
dreams, your future will be created out of old habits or by chance
circumstance. Share your dreams with those closest to you. They are
valuable gifts.

Think! Set aside time to exercise your thinking. Thinking
includes such skills as remembering, logic, information processing,
decision-making, rationality and intuition. Write down your best
ideas, your best memories, your most creative thoughts and your
intuitive inklings. Give your best thinking to others.

Engage in meaningful work. If your daily work has no meaning for
you, you will be "bored out of your mind." Meaningful work
strengthens your character. It builds self-confidence. It is worth
sharing with others. Such sharing is called "teamwork." Teamwork
always results in an outcome greater than its individual
contributions.

Make time for recreational, rejuvenating play. Play is not
necessarily "leisurely." Play may be any activity that refreshes your
spirit, energizes you and makes you enthusiastically joyful. The
literal meaning of "rejuvenation" is to "make young again." Play like
you did when you were a child. "Playing together" is a skill most all
of us were taught when we were very young. Playfulness is certainly
worth sharing.

Reading is still the best way to increase your knowledge. In order
to make your life more worthwhile, increase your knowledge and
awareness through reading. Read aloud to your friend or spouse.
Share what you learn from your reading. It enriches your
relationships, and increases their knowledge as well.

Laugh! Laugh together. Share your laughter. It is contagious.
Laughing washes away "dead" seriousness. It cleanses the soul. It
makes Life's burdens lighter. It relieves suffering and misery. What
a tremendous and powerful gift to give another!

Maximize your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Take charge of the quality of your life. Don't leave up to others
such an important ability. Taking full responsibility for the quality
of your overall health empowers you to make your life more worthwhile
than you ever imagined. Your example will inspire others. Being an
inspiration to others is a great gift.

Worship! A reverent, worshipful attitude is a great gift that
leads you down your own "spiritual path." Without worship, you become
a meandering, purposeless generality. Worship focuses your attention
on what you hold most valuable. Your focused attention is a precious
gift well worth sharing.

Finally, build loving relationships. Share your love with everyone
you meet. Splash it all around. Love all you can for as long as you
can. For loving is the best way to insure your life is worthwhile.
Giving love enhances the lives of its recipients. It brings joy and
inner peace to the people around you. During this season and all the
"next years" to come, surely those qualities are worthwhile giving to
one another. They make your own life well worth living. And when
your life is worth living, it certainly is worth giving.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D. has 30+ years experience as a Life Coach and
Licensed Psychologist. He is available for coaching in any area
presented in "Practical Psychology." As your Coach, his only agenda
is to assist you in creating the lifestyle you genuinely desire. The
initial coaching session is free. Contact him: (970) 568-0173 or
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

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