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12 Habits of Unhappy People
April 29, 2022
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
-Maya Angelou
An online article, “12 Habits of Unhappy People (and How to Avoid Having Them)
recommends avoiding practices that lead to unhappiness. Here are six of them:

  • “Chronic complaining
  • Being critical of self and others
  • Living beyond your means
  • Negative addictions
  • Regretting the past
  • Worrying about the future”

In the Exchange Essentials article collection, “Dealing With Difficult People,”
Holly Elissa Bruno, (author of Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You) writes about decreasing workplace complaining:

“I believe early childhood professionals not only can, but must change our behavior that negatively affects children. Children cannot be their curious, exuberant, or whimsical selves in an atmosphere laden with adult whining and negativity. Maya Angelou’s advice to adults would be: “Change your attitude.” (See quote above).

And finally, in the book Developing People in Early Childhood Organizations, Pam Schiller makes an important point that leaders must be careful to serve as positive role models by avoiding the traits of unhappy people, explaining that one of the qualities of a successful leader is the ability to act “in many ways like a winning coach” who leads by example.

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