Have you noticed people are grumpier these days? It seems bad mood syndrome is pandemic. As frustrations mounts fuses grow shorter. Times are harder than we are accustomed to and our coping skills are growing weary. If it's not one thing it is another, and the weight of a recession fraught with high unemployment, foreclosures and mounting health care premiums have more than our panties/boxers and briefs in an uncomfortable twist.
Have you lost your groove? How about looking for blessings throughout the day rather than focusing on the struggle of the month. If you're trying to manifest health, happiness and prosperity in your life, a focus on anything else will delay the manifestation of what you desire and deserve.
Start small. Give kindness and accept kindness and know you played a part in the viral expansion of gestures and acts capable of changing the mood of the world. Today I complimented a father on his parenting skills. He seized a teachable moment with his young daughter and spoke of respect and consideration of others. The lesson could have been lost had he waited until they were alone.
Another friend planted an herb garden and plans to share her future bounty with family and friends. Sharing is good. It lifts the mood and fortifies the spirit to engage in acts that build and improve relationships with those we love and those we share the earth with.
Take a step away and breathe. Impulsive actions are often regretted. I was a bit embarrassed by a friend's words today. He told a server at a restaurant he did not like her fellow worker's attitude. Given my first-hand knowledge of his situation, I am fairly certain he is unhappy with his circumstances and that is the part of himself he elected to share. Everyone is going through something and demanding perfection is a sure path to disappointment. Is forgetting a request for fresh ground pepper worth multiplying the grumpiness factor?
The easiest thing to turn around is your attitude. You control it and you own it. Use it to build others up, not belittle them. Find the good and magnify it in others and in yourself.
It makes looking in the mirror a happier experience.