Don’t Worry, be Happy

Don’t Worry, be Happy

Researchers have estimated that more than 85% of the things we worry about never happens. I would further state that another 10% of the things we worry about, we could overcome the problem by acting pro-actively rather than sticking our head in the sand. This only leaves 5%. Of this 5%, worrying can serve absolutely no benefit, and will only be detrimental. What’s the worse thing that could happen to you? Maybe you, or a loved one is given notice that you only have months to live. Rather than worrying, begin to live every moment that is remaining.

Each culture have different worries, but as for
Americans, usually the greatest sources of worry in an order that varies, are:
1. Finances, which include employment, investments and the economy.
2. Health and bodily harm, which include illness, terrorism, accidents, and addictions.
3. Relationships, which include spouses, children, other family and friends.

Following are a few of my tips for eliminating, or at least, minimizing worrying.
1. Identify exactly what you are worrying about. Once you do, you can better understand how to deal with it. For example, if you are worrying about debt, then do a thorough budget to see where your money is going. You’ll be surprised.
2. Take control: Accept the fact there is a problem, and face up to it. For example, don’t ignore the foreclosure letters, go talk to
the bank, and see what options you have.
3. Look at the worse case, best case scenario. Now list the pros and cons. Emphasize the positives, conquer the negatives. For example, due to a job loss, you are going to lose your home. But you have good family, you can live with them until you are back on your feet. You will NOT be homeless
4. Study the actions of others who have overcome, or faced, your problem. For example, others have found a renter that will pay for most of the mortgage, and they then lived with a relative until they could afford the full mortgage again.
5. Pray about it: This is listed last, but should be the first thing you do. Don’t pray the problem will go away, but for you to have the wisdom to address it, and that the worrying will go away, leaving you to act upon the problem.
In closing, I’d like for you to watch the following video, and remember,
Don’t Worry, be Happy

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About Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

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