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Cococello is Deb Pang Davis. Independent print and digital designer, educator and soon-to-be-author.

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What I Learned This Week 8.20.2010

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted one of these and I'm planning to update you on what’s been happening to make my posts so sporadic. The positive news is that I left Facebook and will be spending more time posting here.

Negativity Breeds Negativity

“For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings.”

— Peter McWilliams

I’m making a full out effort to be more positive. How many of you have had the experience where you are in a perfectly fine mood and someone in your circle is just spewing negative stuff left and right. No matter what you try to do to help that person, they are stuck in their misery.

I admit, I get stuck sometimes and luckily my husband makes me smile and laugh so easily I snap out of it.

I’m going to take my own advice: Lighten up. Try not to be so offended. Take a break. Get some fresh air. Step back and try to let go of or at least get some perspective on whatever it is that is bothering you.

Let Go of Stuff

My husband and I have been on a massive purge. He thinks compared to most people we don’t have that much stuff. Inspired by this NYTimes story, “Consumers Find Ways to Spend Less and Be Happy” and this post about “How to Make Less Count for More” by Zen Habits, I think we could get rid of even more stuff.

We’ve been in transition for almost a year and letting go of stuff is part of our overall process in making a commitment to a greater quality of life. It hasn’t been an easy road and overall, I feel really good about where we are headed.

Here are a few other people who are in the process of getting rid of stuff; have gone through that process or help keep you motivated:

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