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How to get over the petty stuff to maintain a healthy relationship

The relationship is great and we both see a future together, but at times I tend to focus on insignificant things or feel insecure for no rational reason. I want to prevent unnecessary conflicts arising from these feelings. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Apr 24, 2014 - 21 answers

Can we build on soccermom's great post about platitudes?

This post has things that aren't helpful. What can you say to someone that is bullied or abused that does help the situation or bolster someone's self-confidence?
posted by BlueHorse on Feb 2, 2014 - 21 answers

Mental hacks needed, please.

Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 28, 2013 - 76 answers

Positive messages in Union Square

I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Left a good job in the city

I am in the middle of a long, demanding professional school admissions process. Essays are required. But I am so demoralized about my life situation that I am finding it very hard to have the proper upbeat tone. Experienced writers and editors--hell, experienced salesmen--what are some exercises I can do to get into the proper headspace? The more concrete, the better, like "start every writing session with ten bullet points about your accomplishments," or similar. [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jul 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Full of it.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed in a good way? What do you do with those feelings? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jun 20, 2013 - 10 answers

How does one acquire a pair of rose-tinted glasses?

How to see the best in other people? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 28, 2013 - 33 answers

what kind of job is this?

Hi Everybody, I'm new here. I'm trying to identify my next steps in life and am looking high and low for options, ideas and answers. I'm still working, but have also taken on more than a couple volunteer roles to try out a different industries. I found MetaFilter a few months ago and tho I haven't posted much, I've been reading and I thought it would be a good idea to put it to you. I want to apologize in advance for any newbie mistakes. And say thanks in advance for taking a minute to read this. Here goes. [more inside]
posted by round_four on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me become more happier and optimistic

I've become an unhappy Grumpy person. I would love some suggestions on positive music and notebooks, calendars which have inspiration positive quotes ? I just need some motivation in times of stress. Some blogs on positive thinking would also be useful. Thanks to all!
posted by happiness01 on Mar 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Lose a good friend or try to fix it?

Is a man who pretends to be friends with a woman when he is actually interested in more than friendship doing something shady? Should said woman (myself) drop him as a friend or give him a chance to adjust? He’s a good friend and generally a positive, interesting and charming friend to have (smart, insightful, witty, capable of deep conversation, trustworthy with secrets, understanding…). I’m simply not interested in dating him (for many reasons, the most glaring of which is that he’s sexist in subtle ways that I couldn’t tolerate in a partner), but I value and love his friendship and conversation. I do not want to date him, ever. I don’t know if I should salvage our friendship or let it go, for his sake and mine...I've included the details below but I think this summary captures what I am trying to intellectually and emotionally figure out. [more inside]
posted by grassbottles on Feb 28, 2013 - 54 answers

Do rewards work on anhedonics?

I want to reward myself for getting things done, but my depression poisons everything fun. Depressed Mefites, have you found any ways to self-reward that break through anhedonia? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Feb 27, 2013 - 16 answers

I'd like to listen to some hopeful and reassuring songs

I want to create a playlist that has themes along the lines of 'everything is going to be all right.' [more inside]
posted by (F)utility on Feb 22, 2013 - 73 answers

Already Seen Pollyanna

What novels or movies have a vivacious, charming person drop in and change everybody's perspective or shake the place up?
posted by Fairchild on Nov 9, 2012 - 76 answers

Is there a way I channel my Marijuana use positively?

Is there a way I channel my Marijuana use positively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012 - 29 answers

Positivity, activate!

Feel-good poems/quotes/music/activities--basically seeking an avalanche of positive stuff! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Oct 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What is the new word for "awesome"?

What is the new word for "awesome"? [more inside]
posted by kellybird on Sep 28, 2012 - 124 answers

sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?

I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jul 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Pleasently peaceful books for pregnant people

My wife is just entering the second trimester and is having a new fiction craving. The last time she was pregnant, she relaxed and read constantly. I'm looking for book recommendations that are enjoyable page turners about nice things happening to positive happy people. [more inside]
posted by ben30 on Jul 2, 2012 - 35 answers

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending?

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Songs for a Better Future

What are the most comforting songs? I'm thinking along the lines of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds ('Every little thing/ is gonna be all right"). [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 20, 2012 - 90 answers

Beautiful, upbeat websites?

Know any ungendered, artful, well designed, and relentlessly positive/upbeat websites? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care

Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Apr 4, 2012 - 15 answers

What makes an awesome personal trainer?

I want to be an awesome personal trainer - please tell me what you love most about your (current or past) personal trainer! What was it about their approach/attitude/personality/etc that made you love working with them? What big or little things made the difference for you? What made them fun and inspiring? What did they do that helped make exercising a positive, empowering experience for you?
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Oct 2, 2011 - 18 answers

"...sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love."

What are the best sex-positive articles / writings that you know of? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Rap songs that are positive/inspiration/hardship (no gospel or religious versions please)

What rap songs do you recommend that are about hardship and positive? I prefer recent songs. [more inside]
posted by blueshok on Aug 12, 2011 - 29 answers

How to determine polarity of electric wires.

I have two DC electric wires: one is positive, one is negative. Without buying anything, how can I tell which is which? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 27, 2011 - 16 answers

What Can A Hospital Do With Drug Screen Info?

What can the hospital do with drug test results that are positive? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

How to discipline an active toddler without being overly "no" and negative?

How do you discipline a 2 year old without being "that parent"? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Nov 4, 2010 - 46 answers

Zero to Hero in one month?

If I haven't loved myself for months, can I make myself love myself in a month? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Resources for being positive and understanding the ego

Looking for a "how-to" guide with scenarios on EXTREME positivity in situations where normally you wouldn't be positive or forgiving... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on May 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Worry, be happy.

In search of uplifting/inspiring music suitable for lefties. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 20, 2010 - 29 answers

Hopelessly lost in algebra land

I am having the hardest time working with positive and negative integers in elementary algebra. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Oct 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Is the science in "The Answer" brilliant or rubbish?

The book "The Answer" by John Assaraf and Murray Smith has a lot of neuroscience in it... but is it brilliant or rubbish? [more inside]
posted by monster max on Jun 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Will I test positive for MJ if my neighbors smoke pot but I don't?

Do you think that I will pop positive for my neighbor's party and do you have any suggestions that would help me with this possibility? I can tell them about my neighbors but will that be enough? I really want this job and would be totally mad if their party kept me from getting back to being paid what I used to make [more inside]
posted by agentsarahjane on Dec 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Songs for my sister- upbeat and woman-centered

Looking for songs with a positive theme about sisters or female friendships for a cd I'm making for my sister's birthday. Also, she's going through a rough transition with a breakup, so other female-centered songs about positivity or independence would be wonderful. [more inside]
posted by potatopeople on Dec 19, 2008 - 28 answers

films that celebrate life, liberty and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity?

What are some films that celebrate life, liberty and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Sep 20, 2008 - 51 answers

not everyone is dying and being maimed and raped, right?

where can i find faith in humanity online? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on May 30, 2008 - 27 answers

Positive, "universal" Yeats poems?

I'm seeking a W.B. Yeats poem that's as "positive" and as "universal" as possible -- specifically, that doesn't talk about death, or aging, or romantic love -- and that isn't spoken by, or addressed to, one individual who's clearly female or male. [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Jan 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Need help w/symbol of keeping "the proverbial rug" in place

Clever gift ideas for someone who has had "the proverbial rug" pulled out from under him a few times? [more inside]
posted by meindee on Jan 5, 2008 - 10 answers

How to stay sane while searching for work

What do you do to stay positive and sane while job searching? [more inside]
posted by onoclea on Nov 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Body positive ad campaigns

Help me find body-positive advertising campaigns! [more inside]
posted by squirrel on Oct 11, 2007 - 24 answers

What would Steve Austin have listened to?

Where can I find music with a positive perspective on robots, cyborgs, and the like? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on May 1, 2007 - 33 answers

Women Rock [and rap, and country, and western, and polka . . . ]

SongFilter for a friend: In search of . . . "songs that are about changing the world, how great women are, non-violence, social change . . ." [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz on Mar 16, 2007 - 38 answers

Getting a positive winning attitude through music and movies

Keep your eyes on the prize. Never give up. Fight until the end. This is the kind of positive message I'm looking for in music and in movies, and I'm asking for recommendations from the hivemind [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Nov 29, 2006 - 50 answers

help me find a life-affirming quote

help me find a life-affirming quote...as always, there's more [more inside]
posted by kaydo on Nov 2, 2006 - 18 answers

Seeking Help with Some CPAP/Apnea Issues

Do you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, or do you know someone who does? Help a CPAP newbie who's having a rough ride by answering a few questions and/or giving advice. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 27, 2006 - 24 answers

False positives on HSV tests?

False positives on HSV tests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2006 - 5 answers

False positive spam problem with hotmail

Despite plenty of googling, and even email with Microsoft's support - I cannot seem to solve my problem. I'm wondering if perhaps any of my fellow geeks have had this problem: I run a web/email server of my own, colocated in a highly reputable facility. For some reason, Hotmail views any email coming from my box as spam, and tosses it in a junk folder. I've done all the checks to make sure I don't have an open spam relay problem, etc. I've checked all the blacklists I can think of -- I'm not on any of them. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Sep 29, 2005 - 11 answers

Wiring a Dishwasher

Electricity: I'm wiring up a new dishwasher with the power cord from the old dishwasher. Just to make things interesting, the power cord has absolutely no indication of which side is positive and which side is negative. Is this because it's AC and it doesn't matter? I'm in the US on 110.
posted by yerfatma on Dec 6, 2004 - 14 answers

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