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Talking to Yourself is a Good Thing

Self-talk is your internal dialogue. It’s influenced by your subconscious mind, and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, questions, and ideas.

Self-talk can be both negative and positive. It can be encouraging, and it can be distressing. Much of your self-talk depends on your personality. If you’re an optimist, your self-talk may be more hopeful and positive. The opposite is generally true if you tend to be a pessimist.

Positive thinking and optimism can be effective stress management tools. Indeed, having a more positive outlook on life can provide you with some health benefits. For example, one 2010 study shows optimists have a better quality of life.

If you believe your self-talk is too negative, or if you want to emphasize positive self-talk, you can learn to shift that inner dialogue. It can help you be a more positive person, and it may improve your health.

Why is it good for you?

Self-talk can enhance your performance and general well-being. For example, research shows self-talk can help athletes with performance. It may help them with endurance or to power through a set of heavy weights.

Furthermore, positive self-talk and a more optimistic outlook can have other health benefits, including:

  • Increased vitality
  • Greater life satisfaction
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduced pain
  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Better physical well-being
  • Less stress and distress

It’s not clear why optimists and individuals with more positive self-talk experience these benefits. However, research suggests people with positive self-talk may have mental skills that allow them to solve problems, think differently, and be more efficient at coping with hardships or challenges. This can reduce the harmful effects of stress and anxiety.

How does it work?

Before you can learn to practice more self-talk, you must first identify negative thinking. This type of thinking and self-talk generally falls into four categories:

  • Personalizing: You blame yourself for everything.
  • Magnifying: You focus on the negative aspects of a situation, ignoring any and all of the positive.
  • Catastrophizing: You expect the worst, and you rarely let logic or reason persuade you otherwise.
  • Polarizing: You see the world in black and white, or good and bad. There’s nothing in between and no middle ground for processing and categorizing life events.

When you begin to recognize your types of negative thinking, you can work to turn them into positive thinking. This task requires practice and time and doesn’t develop overnight. The good news is that is can be done. A 2012 study shows even small children can learn to correct negative self-talk.

Examples of Positive and Negative Self-Talk

These scenarios are examples of when and how you can turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk. Again, it takes practice. Recognizing some of your own negative self-talk in these scenarios may help you develop skills to flip the thought when it occurs.

  • Negative: I’ll disappoint everyone if I change my mind.
  • Positive: I have the power to change my mind. Others will understand.
  • Negative: I failed and embarrassed myself.
  • Positive: I’m proud of myself for even trying. That took courage.
  • Negative: I’m overweight and out of shape. I might as well not bother.
  • Positive: I am capable and strong, and I want to get healthier for me.
  • Negative: I let everyone on my team down when I didn’t score.
  • Positive: Sports are a team event. We win and lose together.
  • Negative: I’ve never done this before and I’ll be bad at it.
  • Positive: This is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from others and grow.
  • Negative: There’s just no way this will work.
  • Positive: I can and will give it my all to make it work.

How do I use this on a daily basis?

Positive self-talk takes practice if it’s not your natural instinct. If you’re generally more pessimistic, you can learn to shift your inner dialogue to be more encouraging and uplifting.

However, forming a new habit takes time and effort. Over time, your thoughts can shift. Positive self-talk can become your norm. These tips can help:

Identify negative self-talk traps

Certain scenarios may increase your self-doubt and lead to more negative self-talk. Work events, for example, may be particularly hard. Pinpointing when you experience the most negative self-talk can help you anticipate and prepare.

Check in with your feelings

Stop during events or bad days and evaluate your self-talk. Is it becoming negative? How can you turn it around?

Find the humor

Laughter can help relieve stress and tension. When you need a boost for positive self-talk, find ways to laugh, such as watching funny animal videos or a comedian.

Surround yourself with positive people

Whether or not you notice it, you can absorb the outlook and emotions of people around you. This includes negative and positive, so choose positive people when you can.

Give yourself positive affirmations

Sometimes, seeing positive words or inspiring images can be enough to redirect your thoughts. Post small reminders in your office, in your home, and anywhere you spend a significant amount of time.

When should I seek support?

Positive self-talk can help you improve your outlook on life. It can also have lasting positive health benefits, including improved well-being and a better quality of life. However, self-talk is a habit made over a lifetime.

If you tend to have negative self-talk and err on the side of pessimism, you can learn to change it. It takes time and practice, but you can develop uplifting positive self-talk.

If you find you’re not successful on your own, talk with a therapist. Mental health experts can help you pinpoint sources of negative self-talk and learn to flip the switch. Ask your health care provider for a referral to a therapist, or ask a friend or family member for a suggestion.

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

157 Comments
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    Posted at 01:16h, 24 July Reply

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    Posted at 19:18h, 20 June Reply

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  • Betty Busey
    Posted at 22:22h, 04 June Reply

    I always try to look on the bright side of everything. I think I’m a positive thinker!

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    Posted at 06:51h, 12 May Reply

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    Posted at 16:10h, 11 May Reply

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    Posted at 02:36h, 26 April Reply

    Amen!!

  • Karen Brewer
    Posted at 00:40h, 26 April Reply

    Great advice- we can be our biggest critic and overlook the positive. Now to put this advice to work!

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    Posted at 09:10h, 25 April Reply

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  • Ethel Searles
    Posted at 16:31h, 24 April Reply

    Excellent article. Good linformation

  • James Hoit
    Posted at 16:12h, 23 April Reply

    I talk to myself constantly. Now that I know it’s good for me, I will probably increase it.

  • Andria Airhart
    Posted at 15:42h, 23 April Reply

    I am too negative. Need to get better!

  • Brad Martin
    Posted at 10:15h, 23 April Reply

    I find myself doing this often. Interesting article with some good suggestions.

  • Shura Iskhakova
    Posted at 00:40h, 23 April Reply

    Wow good to know. Very good article.

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    Posted at 00:38h, 23 April Reply

    Very good article. Thanku

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    Posted at 00:38h, 23 April Reply

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  • Mitch Davis
    Posted at 21:01h, 22 April Reply

    Self perception and self doubt go together. This is a fantastic article.

  • Kathryn OHar
    Posted at 20:09h, 22 April Reply

    Positive thinking is an asset, not always easy to do, but being aware and trying to turn negative thoughts and ideas into positive is a good strategy.

  • Barbara Lynn Lambert
    Posted at 20:01h, 22 April Reply

    Glad to know that talking to myself is a good thing, I do it all the time. Lol
    But yes, good to know that it is believed to be beneficial as well.

  • Marissa Chiasson
    Posted at 19:56h, 22 April Reply

    Yay! I’m already doing this!

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    Posted at 13:49h, 22 April Reply

    Great Article…..!!

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    Posted at 21:00h, 21 April Reply

    Good article

  • VALENTINA WASHINGTON
    Posted at 15:40h, 21 April Reply

    Talking to yourself is good for you i do it all the time

  • carmen roe
    Posted at 01:08h, 21 April Reply

    I talk to myself all the time and find it to be a good thing

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    Posted at 19:35h, 20 April Reply

    Good info

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    Posted at 16:05h, 20 April Reply

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    Posted at 16:01h, 20 April Reply

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    Posted at 11:26h, 19 April Reply

    Interesting view…

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    Posted at 04:57h, 19 April Reply

    Very interesting. Good read!

  • Mikalea N Bunyan
    Posted at 01:59h, 19 April Reply

    The power or positive thinking is real! It will change your life!

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    Posted at 19:11h, 18 April Reply

    Good Reading

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    Posted at 16:40h, 18 April Reply

    Talking to yourself in a positive manner is a good thing. Negative manner will bring you down

  • Ramiro Samayoa
    Posted at 16:13h, 18 April Reply

    Very interesting, thanks.

  • Brandy Chandler
    Posted at 16:11h, 18 April Reply

    I need to do a better job about talking positively to myself.

  • Shannon H
    Posted at 13:57h, 18 April Reply

    I like to help myself make plans, and it helps me keep positive outlook.

  • Gary Burke
    Posted at 07:59h, 18 April Reply

    Thanks

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    Posted at 04:34h, 18 April Reply

    Thank you for the information

  • Lisa Dover
    Posted at 02:27h, 18 April Reply

    Through the Lord God, “all things” are possible. Can’t get more positive than that!!

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    Posted at 02:23h, 18 April Reply

    Very good and positive information.

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    Posted at 01:00h, 18 April Reply

    Good information, thank you

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    Posted at 00:55h, 18 April Reply

    Thank you!

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    Posted at 00:50h, 18 April Reply

    Positive thinking will help motivate you.

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    Posted at 00:06h, 18 April Reply

    Great read

  • Brian Bailey
    Posted at 00:00h, 18 April Reply

    I totally agree! Positive self talk has such great advantages. Ive gotten better with this except for when I’m angry about something f really need to not focus on what’s made me angry.

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    Posted at 21:08h, 17 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:49h, 17 April Reply

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Posted at 14:26h, 17 April Reply

    Very good article.. I use this idea of positive self- talk with the kids I work with.

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    Posted at 11:36h, 17 April Reply

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    Posted at 10:52h, 17 April Reply

    Interesting

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    Posted at 01:36h, 17 April Reply

    Good read

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    Posted at 01:07h, 17 April Reply

    Very interesting.

  • David Murray
    Posted at 01:05h, 17 April Reply

    Sometimes it allows us to fellowship with God. Thanks good article.

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    Posted at 22:29h, 16 April Reply

    Great article thanks for the extra info

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    Posted at 22:21h, 16 April Reply

    I needed this reminder thanks

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    Good read,

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    Posted at 20:53h, 16 April Reply

    See i am not nuts i always talk to myself

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    Posted at 20:52h, 16 April Reply

    Awesome tips, thank you for the info

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    Posted at 20:51h, 16 April Reply

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    Posted at 19:39h, 16 April Reply

    Good info

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    Posted at 19:25h, 16 April Reply

    I always talk to myself daily. It keeps me motivated and positive about myself.

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    Posted at 19:02h, 16 April Reply

    That was really helpful I can put that to good use

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    Posted at 19:00h, 16 April Reply

    Hi. Wow. I noticed this with a lot of women at the workplace. Why is that??

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  • Nestor Konditamde
    Posted at 18:47h, 16 April Reply

    Got it, thx

  • Luc Cleyman
    Posted at 18:27h, 16 April Reply

    This is great. I love talking to myself and it definitely increases my mood.

  • Rachelle Gizinski
    Posted at 18:00h, 16 April Reply

    I have been talking to myself for years. Glad to know I am not crazy.

  • K Pitts
    Posted at 17:46h, 16 April Reply

    Good article and so me. I talk to myself often. I’ve always tried to look at things in a positive way, but it always comes back and slaps me in the face. So if I don’t think it’s a good thing then I don’t do it regardless what others say. I do admit and my husband always tells me, that I’m a negative person which I am. No matter how hard I try nothing ever goes right.

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    Posted at 17:35h, 16 April Reply

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    Posted at 17:27h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 17:04h, 16 April Reply

    Thanks, good reminder

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    Posted at 17:01h, 16 April Reply

    Good to know

  • Scott
    Posted at 16:57h, 16 April Reply

    least I know I am not crazy now

  • Howie Thompson
    Posted at 16:57h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you

  • Shelby York
    Posted at 16:36h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you

  • Scott Wygant
    Posted at 16:21h, 16 April Reply

    Good article and good positive talk is always motivating.

  • Linda
    Posted at 16:10h, 16 April Reply

    I pray the scripture s out loud song the Psalms memorize the Pro.ises of God in the Bible is is totally transforming and will change lives..mine is forsure. Roman’s 15:13
    May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy so you will be filled with hope by the power of Holy Spirit .

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    Posted at 16:09h, 16 April Reply

    Great article, thanks for sharing!

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    Posted at 16:06h, 16 April Reply

    love this article

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    Posted at 15:59h, 16 April Reply

    Really good article

  • Jolene Zaye
    Posted at 15:58h, 16 April Reply

    Good to Know. I do at times self-talk to myself but people see me and they think I am crazy. Now that I have this good source of information I will continue self-talk positive.

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    Posted at 15:58h, 16 April Reply

    GOOD TO KNOW

  • Tiffany Cell
    Posted at 15:51h, 16 April Reply

    Great article! This really resonates with me, as someone who tends to have too much negative self talk in general. I am working to change that habit, and the suggestions in this article will help.

  • lula green
    Posted at 15:51h, 16 April Reply

    Good article I talk to myself all the time to work through situations. When you speak out loud it makes it a little more real and you can work through it. Positive thinking is going for all.

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    Posted at 15:51h, 16 April Reply

    Ty

  • Mike Garcia
    Posted at 15:50h, 16 April Reply

    Great article, thank you

  • Kathy
    Posted at 15:41h, 16 April Reply

    Thanks for the article. Sending positive thoughts! 🙂

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    Posted at 15:40h, 16 April Reply

    Good to know. Very informative

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    Posted at 15:38h, 16 April Reply

    Thanks for very insightful article

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    Posted at 15:37h, 16 April Reply

    Great article! I’ve been seeing articles and other media projects on this subject lately!

  • Freda Hunt
    Posted at 15:31h, 16 April Reply

    I talk to myself all the time. I bet people think, I’m crazy or something. I always say positive things.

  • Amanda Logsdon
    Posted at 15:23h, 16 April Reply

    I often talk to myself glad to know this is a healty ways of relieving stress.

  • Rev. Rick Carder
    Posted at 15:23h, 16 April Reply

    This article is really good. Self-talk is helpful and even posting positive sayings on your mirror can make a difference.

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  • Selina Lloyd
    Posted at 15:17h, 16 April Reply

    Talking to yourself is a good thing

  • Joseph Christ
    Posted at 15:06h, 16 April Reply

    Great. Thanks

  • Rickey Harris
    Posted at 15:05h, 16 April Reply

    Great, i am going to try this, thanks a lot

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    Posted at 15:03h, 16 April Reply

    good info

  • Edward L Reiman
    Posted at 15:03h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you great info! I love talking to myself!

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    Posted at 15:01h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 15:00h, 16 April Reply

    Great article, it’s good to know information like this. Thank you

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    Posted at 14:59h, 16 April Reply

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  • Kenneth Melton
    Posted at 14:58h, 16 April Reply

    Ok, thank you

  • Kerrie Bates
    Posted at 14:58h, 16 April Reply

    Good info. Hope to use and be more positive!!

  • Dustin Walker
    Posted at 14:58h, 16 April Reply

    Yeah stuck in a truck for hours if you dont talk to yourself you might need to start

  • John w
    Posted at 14:56h, 16 April Reply

    Best article yet

  • Desmond Williams
    Posted at 14:56h, 16 April Reply

    Ty

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    Posted at 14:56h, 16 April Reply

    Interesting. I might have test this 🙂

  • Matt
    Posted at 14:50h, 16 April Reply

    Good article.

  • Hannah Pendergrass
    Posted at 14:48h, 16 April Reply

    good information thanks

  • Brenda L Nicholson
    Posted at 14:44h, 16 April Reply

    Good information thank you

  • Donna Taliaferro
    Posted at 14:43h, 16 April Reply

    Good information

  • ANGEL SIMS
    Posted at 14:26h, 16 April Reply

    Lol. I do this all the time especially when I have a presentation at school.

  • Darby Rouzee
    Posted at 14:26h, 16 April Reply

    I find that I have more positive self talk when I exercise more, so it’s good for me physically and mentally!

  • Beth Smith
    Posted at 14:21h, 16 April Reply

    I work in long term care. I am as always talking to my self. I tell everyone I talk to myself so I can get the answers I want.
    I talk to myself to organize my next steps

  • Elizabeth Fogleman
    Posted at 14:10h, 16 April Reply

    I’ve learned over time that praying true words quietly under my breath steadies me and helps me through difficult situations, ie: God, you’re here with me, help me. You promised You will not forsake me. I need you. God, you are helping me because you love me. This builds my confidence.

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 14:07h, 16 April Reply

    Good

  • Kim Hetrick
    Posted at 13:44h, 16 April Reply

    Good article

  • Joanne Wilkerson
    Posted at 13:37h, 16 April Reply

    Keeps me positive and motivated

  • Michael Tod jones
    Posted at 13:36h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you. Very helpful!

  • Tammy Isom
    Posted at 13:18h, 16 April Reply

    Good information…. thanks

  • Connie Cholensky
    Posted at 13:18h, 16 April Reply

    Out loud or in our head? lol

  • Taryn Jean Williams
    Posted at 13:18h, 16 April Reply

    Needed this today!

  • steve plum
    Posted at 13:08h, 16 April Reply

    very interesting

  • Angela Lloyd
    Posted at 13:02h, 16 April Reply

    Thanks!

  • Steven Mendoza
    Posted at 12:58h, 16 April Reply

    Thank you!

  • Amanda McCord
    Posted at 12:55h, 16 April Reply

    Good to know

  • Jim Vogel
    Posted at 12:51h, 16 April Reply

    Great information. Confirms what I had previously learned through the reading of other similar articles. I speak to myself regularly offering encourage and positive reinforcement.

  • Lula M Scott
    Posted at 12:51h, 16 April Reply

    Now that’s something, that I really needed to read. I have been around people who only think negative about themselves and I always tell them stop it. I love me and when I fail at something I just try harder and don’t beat myself up about. Cause I know God got my back .

  • Peggy Herrlein
    Posted at 12:48h, 16 April Reply

    Liked the article

  • Jean Farrell
    Posted at 12:48h, 16 April Reply

    Thanks, I now have a solid reason for talking to myself!

  • LISA CARABALLO
    Posted at 12:47h, 16 April Reply

    I always talk to myself glad it is a good thing!

  • Randy Hines
    Posted at 12:46h, 16 April Reply

    I work by myself a lot so I talk a lot to myself. Try to be positive even when your day runs off road.

  • Mayra Echeverria
    Posted at 12:45h, 16 April Reply

    Ty good read

  • Mike Garner
    Posted at 12:42h, 16 April Reply

    I read it. ..

  • Juanita Noce
    Posted at 12:41h, 16 April Reply

    Ty

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    Posted at 12:41h, 16 April Reply

    Very good information

  • Hind
    Posted at 12:41h, 16 April Reply

    Great,ty

  • TRISH BOWMAN
    Posted at 12:37h, 16 April Reply

    I talk to myself all the time. LOL. Good to know its good for me!

  • Robin Thomas
    Posted at 12:36h, 16 April Reply

    I am always trying to see the positives.

  • BRIAN URSO
    Posted at 12:33h, 16 April Reply

    Well said!

  • Aaryn Crosby
    Posted at 12:33h, 16 April Reply

    Ty

  • Heather Davis
    Posted at 12:32h, 16 April Reply

    Great Article

    • Connie Cholensky
      Posted at 13:17h, 16 April Reply

      Yes

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