INVENT OPTIMISM– "I'll admit, I'm not good at processing bad drivers on the road," writes Dr. Samuels. He’s the author of Alive Again: Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. “More often than not, I'll have my kids in the car when someone decides to cut me off or make a left-hand turn from the right-hand lane and it's enough to make me want to shout obscenities. Instead of reacting, my kids have become fond of inventing reasons for the interruption of my serenity. "He's late for his son's baseball game!" my daughter will gleefully exclaim. Or, "He has to get to the hospital because his wife is having a baby!" my son will report. My personal favorite, however, is hands-down, my youngest daughter's, "She has to get to the bathroom and she’s running out of time!” Haha. These tiny glimpses into the lives of other people are a great way to diffuse frustration and anger with other people. The point is, there are eight billion of us swarming all over the planet, and each and every one of us has stuff going on.
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