When Lynnae tagged me for this book meme, my first reaction was to say “Oh crap” and look at all the books around me to figure out which one is closest. Under the computer is a copy of the complete works of Aristotle. I’m thinking you won’t enjoy that one.
So I went with Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love which I grabbed when it crossed my desk at work on Thursday.
The meme’s rules go like this:
- Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
- Open the book to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the next three sentences.
- Tag five people.
Many people have shared with us that this has been the single most helpful insight they have ever had about themselves—the idea that they actually practice being unhappy, or harming their relationship, without even knowing it by mentally “rehearsing unhappiness.” Without the ongoing distraction of negative mental rehearsal, what’s usually left is the love and respect you have for your partner.
One you begin to nip this problem in the bud, you’ll notice a great deal more peace and happiness showing up in your relationship. Rather than giving significance to your negative thoughts, you can spend that energy thinking about more positive aspects of your relationship. We hope that you’ll give this strategy a fair try—it’s fun and extremely effective, and it might just change your life.
So there you have it. Don’t practice being unhappy. I haven’t actually gotten to that section, I’m around page 100.
To be tagged for this…
I know that’s only 4, so tag yourself if you want to. And no pressure, you four.