In the following videos, I share simple techniques for enhancing time and energy with positive psychology.
Pay attention to how you spend time and energy today.
Dr. Andrea Dinardo, Psychology Professor
Pay attention to how you spend time and energy today.
Yes “joy needs room to breathe”… very much in agreement.
Love your mother’s timing.😉
Your comment has me smiling big time!
Awesome play on words. 😊😊
I’ve used a timer for many things and this is some great advice. I will certainly give this method a try while i work through a difficult time. Thank you 😀
Thanks for the feedback on using timers!
“Negativity Timers” work wonders in life’s daily ups & downs too.
Especially in marriages. For example, it’s not fair to a spouse to have to listen to chronic venting about a repetitive (mundane) issue..
Just ask my husband.😉
We each get “venting time” at the end of a day. Then we can move on to what counts: Our blessings.✨
This is such a great idea! I’m passing it on to my children.
Awesome VJ! Thanks for passing it on!💫
Timing has always played such a big role in my life and recently I’ve been practicing doing the opposite to this. However I love this too and the negativity timer idea is fantastic. Will incorporate 🙂
Perhaps there are seasons where we learn both sides of the coin so we can incorporate the values found within each lesson?
Thanks for sharing!
Well said Miriam. Your ideas take my post to the next level. Seasons are a beautiful analogy for the ups & downs of life.🍂🍃
Awesome. Feel free to use my ideas any time 🙂 I’m very conscious of seasons so I suppose that’s where the analogy comes from. Love your work.
Thanks so much Miriam!🌷
Andrea, thank you! This is a really valuable post for me. I agree, it’s important to get negativity out, and at some point it becomes counter productive to do so!
“Joy needs room to breathe.” – I love this!
You are an inspiration to me. Blessings, 🙂 Debbie
Thank you Debbie! For sharing & for connecting. You always bring so much light to my posts.🕯
And you to mine, Andrea. ❤ Enjoy your weekend, and much loving.
Andrea, I really appreciate your post! I use the timer all day in my classroom while teaching. I realize how it helps my students and I to smoothly transition without stress. When I started teaching I would lose track of time and the bell would ring before they had put away binders and computers. It would be so chaotic! Having that happen multiple times stressed me out too. Now, the timer rings 5 minutes before the end of each class I have time to end class with kind words or a positive quote. The love it! I guess my timer is giving my students and I room to breathe at the end of each class period. Thanks for highlighting just how significant it is to use the timer.⌛️
How wonderful Davina! I love how you shared your evolution in the classroom. Such a great example of how timers can help manage student (and teacher) stress and transition time! ⏱📚⌛️
Wonderful post! 🙂
Such a well presented and useful post!
Thanks for the feedback!
Nice article, it’s true we don’t give ourselves enough time to appreciate joy! A great message to tell people
Thanks for the feedback Jonny! Hope you find some extra time for joy today. Your heart will thank you.💛💫
Love this idea of using a timer to limit the time we spend worrying, being negative, stressing, etc.
My daughters and I made a “rule” so that when we talk on the phone in the evenings, we don’t talk about money, finances, bills, cash flow, paychecks, credit card statements . . . lol! You get the idea. Nothing to do with money. If it does come up during the daytime hours, setting a timer would be a good idea!
Thanks, Dr. Andrea. You are so right: Balance is key. We can’t ignore pressing concerns but we can limit the time we spend worrying or projecting negative thoughts. Brilliant! Thanks!
Thank you for sharing your family strategy for staying focused on what counts – sharing each other’s health & joy! Otherwise, an hour conversation becomes 55 minutes of “what’s missing” & only 5 minutes of what’s working. I choose joy. And I know that you & your daughters do too!💃🎉
Love this – ‘joy needs room to breathe’ might just become my new mantra. I certainly have to work hard to find the time to just breathe…sad but true 🙂
Not sad, simply what’s true (for now) UNTIL you adopt a new way of being. Like your new mantra says: Joy needs room to breathe. And so do you. Breathe..🍂🍃🌿😊
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There is wisdom here. Make room for allowing, then move on. “Just keep moving”, even if it means moving towards a moment in meditation. Good words, from Dr. Dinardo.
Thanks for the reminder and lift. I also use a timer, especially for the chores I hate. I do a bit, do something else, and do a bit again. Timers are wonderful tools.
Thank you for your feedback & for reblogging my post on your site!
Negativity is to be expected, yes. And how long will we stay there is the question. Your egg timer reminds me of a speaker I once heard, Walter Bond. He tells the story of how he used to respond to negativity/let-downs…go to his room, turn on Lionel Richie’s song “Hello,” and sulk for three days. He says you can play your sad songs on your boombox for three days then decide to be done. Lol. It’s a funny story with a great message. 🙂
This is great advice. I spent a huge amount of time focusing on the negative. It tore my life apart. My life is a lot better now and I do attribute it to not focusing so much on negativity.
Thank you for sharing your own experience! I love hearing how a shift in focus can change one’s life in dramatic ways. Your life is proof positive.💫