Friday, February 27, 2015

Whether A Job Is Considered Good Or Bad Is A Matter Of Opinion

Many people have strong opinions about what jobs or careers are good and what aren't. 

For example, many feel that working as a Certified Nursing Assistant is a terrible job, a job that doesn't pay well and is bottom of the barrel.

However, I believe that to say that a job is good or not is a matter of opinion. 

I'm not talking about the pay of the job.  I'm just talking about the job itself.

For example, I used to work as a doorman/bellman for a hotel.  And while that's generally not considered a good job, most people think it's better than being a custodian.  However, I also used to be a janitor.  And lots of folks are surprised when I tell them that I actually enjoyed being a custodian more than I did being a doorman/bellman.

That's why I feel that to say a job or career is good or not is a matter of opinion.  Everyone is different when it comes to what they like or dislike about a job or career.  Some individuals have jobs with high social stature that they're very unhappy with.  And their are others who enjoy making a living with a job that isn't considered as good by many others.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

High Functioning People Who Are Doing Something With Their Lives

Many people in our society in America have the idea that you're not doing anything with your life unless you have a great career.

However, having a fantastic career in which you make big money and enjoy high social stature isn't realistic for everyone, as some people have physical and/or emotional disabilities that prevent them from having a successful career.

Besides, many individuals do a lot with their life, even if they don't have a career.  Maybe they've raised a family or do charity work in which they're proud of, just to give a couple of examples.

With that said, how do I define doing something with your life?

I think people who do the best they can with what they have are doing something with their lives.

Take someone who doesn't have a disability, but doesn't do much to help him or herself.  Than take someone who does have a disability but does the best he/she can with what they have.

Who of the two are more successful?  Which of these two people are doing something with their lives?

I say it's the person who is disabled who does the best he or she can with what they have.

So if you have a disability, you can still be a high functioning person if you do what you can to help yourself.  And doing what you can is commendable, I think.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Firing An Employee Is Often Hard

As many business owners will tell you, one of the hardest and most awkward parts of being a the boss at your own business is sometimes having to fire one or more of your employees.

If I owned a business and had an employee who didn't work hard and had an attitude problem, it wouldn't be so hard for me to fire that person.

However, if I had an employee who was a nice person, had a good and positive attitude about his or her job, and did the best they could to work hard and do a competent job, but I had to fire that person because he or she just wasn't doing a good job and it was clear that they weren't going to get better at their job...that would be hard for me to fire that person.  If that person was a full time employee, me having to let that individual go would have a big effect on his or her livelihood.  And if that person was supporting a family, having to fire the individual would have a direct impact on his or her family as well.

So if you're thinking of starting a business in which you'd have employees working under you, you might find that having to fire people every so often is one of the more difficult aspects of being an owner of your business.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some Facts About The Runner's High

If you're feeling a little blue or depressed, achieving what's called "the runner's high" can make you feel better and happier.

So what is the runner's high?

If you get some physical exercise, such as going out for a run or doing some aerobic exercising, certain chemicals in your brain (neurotransmitters) can be boosted, giving you a good feeling emotionally.

According to a psychiatrist who I used to see, the runner's high is subtle.  It won't make you feel super-high.  However, it will make you feel pretty good nonetheless.

This doctor told me that, for most people, doing aerobic exercises, jogging, running, or just going out for a walk around your neighborhood will give you the runner's high after about ten minutes or so.

You can also get the runner's high via heavy weight lifting.  However, you're more likely to get the high with aerobic exercise, running, walking, or jogging because by doing that you're body is moving around more than it does with weight lifting.

Also, while you're exercising, you're more likely to get the runner's high by combining the exercise with positive thinking.

So if you want to feel a little better, try to achieve the runner's high.  Hey, it often works for me.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Just Enjoy Watching Sports

For many years, I've watched my favorite sports teams, such as the New England Patriots, and have enjoyed rooting for them, hoping for them to win games and championships.

And I've watched my favorite teams struggle through the losing seasons as well.

However, as much as I dislike seeing these teams I root for lose, I'm not a fanatical fan who thinks it's the end of the world to have my favorite teams lose.  Also, seeing teams I like win, as fun as that is, doesn't make my life any better.

Yet some other fans think it's somehow the end of the world and think it's so terrible for their favorite teams to lose.

To me, if a big part of your happiness relies on seeing your team or teams win, then maybe it's time to look at your priorities.  I mean, if your teams win, is it going to really make your life a lot better?

If you think so, then it's time to get a life, I think.

I say just have fun watching your favorite sports teams!  It's only a game, after all.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Good Old Days Were Better?

Many older people talk about the good old days.  They often chat about how and why things were better back then, in their minds.

Sure their were certain things that were better back then.  But many folks conveniently fail to mention about the things that were, back in the old days, worse then they are now.

I realize that today's world is far from perfect.  However, back in the good old days, our world went through two world wars, count them, two!  Women and minorities had less rights and were generally treated worse than they are now.  And the stigma against mental illness in America was also worse than it is now.

It's OK for the elderly to remember how things were back in the day, as long as they remember how it was compared to now honestly.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sooner Or Later, Bullies Mess With The Wrong Person

Some kids in elementary and high school enjoy bullying other students.  They think they're being tough and being a big shot by taking advantage of youngsters who are physically smaller and weaker than they are.

However, what bullies should realize is that if they go around messing with others, sooner or later they'll mess with the wrong person and get beat up as a result.

The thing is, some individuals are physically stronger than they appear.  And some people, even physically smaller folks, are quite good at fighting, especially if they've been trained how to fight by martial artists. 

If you're a bully, you often don't know who you're messing with.  No matter how big, strong, and tough you are, their is always somebody else that can beat you up.

Hence, if you're a bully, do yourself and the rest of us a favor and cool it!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getting A Song That's Stuck In Your Head Out

Who hasn't been annoyed with having a song that gets stuck inside their mind that they just can't get out of their head?  Who hasn't had a time when a song gets played in their heads over and over?

And as anyone will tell you, it's even more irritating when it's a song that you don't really like, or just plain old hate.

So what can you do about it the next time this happens to you?

One way is to try to think of another song, preferably one you enjoy.

However, while this works sometimes, it doesn't always get the job done.

If this doesn't work, try turning on a radio or stereo system.  Put on your favorite radio station.  Or pop in a CD with music on it that you really like.

From there, listen to a song or two until it drives the original song that you couldn't get out of your mind.

Doing this usually does the trick for me.