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Rose-Colored Contacts

I’m more the type to yell at someone to get me another glass of water.

You do know the question to that answer, yeah, dudes. For those of you a bit slow on the uptake (no, not you. The other dude. Yeah, him. Right.) is “Are you a glass-half-full dude or a glass-half-empty dude?”

It’s a question that gets to the bottom of the nature of perception, how we see the world. Are we inherently optimistic, in seeing the glass as half full, or are we inherently pessimistic, in that we see the glass as half empty?

It’s the same glass, with the same amount of water. The way we perceive it, however, tells us a lot about ourselves. I made a little joke up there in the lead, but that’s not really the type of dude I am.

When I see a glass that’s not full, I see a half-empty glass and begin wondering who drank the other half and if the half that remains is poisoned. More pessimistic than I wish that I was.

Events bring out the pessimist in me. However, that’s not all I am.

When I face a question about a person, it’s a completely different person. It seems like I’m always thinking the best about people. If someone’s never done something before, I still believe they can do it. I’m an optimist about a person, a pessimist about people as a group. I feel like I sort of fall into the camp as outlined by the great sage and philosopher Agent K.

Had he ever existed, which he most assuredly did not, Agent K might have said, “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”

So I’m not alone in this.

But, and here’s the big point here, I didn’t like being that way. I didn’t like always assuming the worst was about to happen.

So I decided to change. I decided that, instead of always looking for the hammer to drop, I’m going to compliment the person holding the hammer on her lovely nail polish. Instead of ranting about the litter on the side of the road, I’m going to think about how it’s less than it’s been in years past, then I’m going to pick up all I can carry and feel better about having made the world a (slightly) better place.

My mom had a number of favorite sayings she would repeat as often as possible. One of those was something she cribbed from a radio psychologist, Dr. Joy Brown: “You can’t change other people. The only person you can change is yourself.”

And, you know, they were right. I know that there are people who bug me just by breathing. I feel my blood pounding in my ears, my fists clenching all that. But that person’s not going to change. It’s who they are.

I have to decide that it won’t bother me. And it’s more than possible. It’s actually easy. It really is, dudes.

You can decide to be more positive and you’ll be more positive. You can decide to let the little things just slide off your back and they will.

Since I’ve decided to be more positive, to see a glass someone filled up halfway just for me, I find that I’m seeing more positive things happen. Not only that, but I’m feeling like I should be doing more little things to make the world a (slightly) better place.

Instead of getting irritated that someone left their grocery cart in the middle of a space instead of putting it away just two spaces over, I’m glad I came along so I can move that one and another that’s nearby because it will make some anonymous Harris Teeter worker’s day a little easier.

It’s all in how we choose to perceive the world and the people around us.

So what’s it going to be, dudes? Are you going to be positive or negative? It’s up to you.

I know you’re going to make the right decision.

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You Wanna Santa-Size That?

by Richard

I don’t normally worry about weight. I figure as long as I don’t start looking like I’m trying to smuggle a six-year-old little dude under my shirt I’m doing pretty good. I’m sure She Who Must Be Appeased might have a different point of view, but as long as I can still take her two falls out of three I’m good.

However.

And this is a big however. What with the holidays surrounding us, I know we’re all probably going to be packing on the pounds. Me especially, but that’s for Friday’s post. Anyway, I’ve been scouting around and I think I’ve found some good tips for you dudes on how to stay healthy and not completely lard out over Christmas and New Year’s.

1. Up and at ’em: As soon as you wake up, go ahead and drink a good-sized glass of water. According to one recent study, that will actually cut your daily food intake by 13 percent. Take that, Ron White. (Sorry. Inside joke for the young dudes around my house. [not that they’re reading this, but well. . .])

2. Eat up when you wake up. Here’s the deal. If you eat a big-ish, complete breakfast in the morning, you’re much less likely to eat a whole lot during the day. Why is this important? Think where you’ll be during the day this holiday season. At work. Right. And do people bring healthy snacks to work during the holidays? Please, people. Of course they don’t. They bring donuts. And cookies. And cake. And mostly anything sweet and bad for you. For breakfast, make sure you get some protein (eggs or sausage) [which can also provide you with some fats to give you that full feeling] and some fibrous carbs, which means eat some good — not processed — bread products. Egg and sausage sandwich on whole wheat toast, anyone?

3. One and done. Speaking of work treats — and we were (don’t you pay attention?) — don’t try to go all abstinent on us. It’s okay to take a treat. It’ll make you feel good. But, and this is the hard part, stop at one. Just walk away, dude. Just walk away.

4. Lunch bunch. Bunch of greens, that is. I know it’s easier to scarf down some fast food for lunch, but try to plan ahead and make yourself a healthy lunch. Fill up on protein and fiber, maybe a large salad with dark, green leaves (such as spinach). It’ll fill you up and you won’t crash so hard in the afternoon.

5. Crash and burn. Again, speaking of which. . . Once you get done with lunch, don’t eat starchy carbs like cookies and donuts, which get more easily turned into fats when you’re not exercising. In ideal snack might be a handful of olives or a sliced avocado with some cheese. Once more, you’ll have to plan ahead, but your waistline will thank you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more stay-healthy-over-the-holiday tips. You’ll be here, too? Right? Right? Right?

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