If you're stressed, tense, jealous or insecure   I have the cure!

Happiness secrets from around the world--These come from the book "Living La Dolce Vita" by Dr. Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner.
She's a psychiatrist who researched different cultures and how they overcome life's hurdles.
So let's start with Italy.
  • The Italians have a saying--"Mi arrangio" which literally means "I manage myself" but translates into "I'll make do"--It's their way of shrugging off mistakes and problems by putting things in perspective. You can only work with what you've got, right? By saying this to yourself, you short-circuit negative thoughts which actually promote more problems according to Dr. Mautner. "Mi arrangio" sends a positive 'can-do' message to yourself.
  • If you're jealous, do as the Slovakians do. Compliment the person. Let's say you meet your boyfriend's ex at a part and she's gorgeous. Instead of letting envy get the best of you, tell her straight out, "You have a beautiful smile." You will instantly feel better because you've done something positive to counteract those jealous feelings. That alone can restore your self-confidence.
  • And one final tip for feeling better--If you're tense and stressed, do what the English do. When the going gets tough, they make a pot of tea. Dr. Mautner says rituals like drinking tea provide a sense of security. They give you a time-out so your can collect your thoughts and regroup   and that can actually sharpen your problem solving skills. In fact, a study done by the University of Minnesota found that workers who took regular coffee breaks were more relaxed and productive.
If you want to go further, check out the book "Living La Dolce Vita" by Dr. Raeleen D'Agostino Mauter.

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