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Is the World Making You Cynical? (And what to do about it)

Welcome back to Consider Yourself Hugged! Click here to listen to Episode 120. OR click YouTube below to watch! (***Disclaimer: I provide these notes as a skeleton for the show - nothing fancy 😄)

This morning I was watching the news here in Nashville Tennessee. Mass shootings. Car break-ins. Ukraine. The flu. It’s no news to you that this is what we are bombarded with every day.

But that’s not what prompted this episode, even though it’s certainly lends credibility to the topic. Last week my son's van was broken into. The good news? He wasn’t home when it happened. He doesn’t think anything valuable was stolen. You might remember from previous episodes that he is a wildlife biologist, and he converted a van and lived in it for almost a year out in New Mexico while working on a scientific project.

He got a different job almost a year ago and moved into an apartment. Thank goodness it wasn’t broken into while he was living in it because at that point all of his possessions were in that van. I’m assuming the criminals were searching for quick cash with things like electronics. He still isn’t sure what they took, but over time he will probably notice.

That night, I was furious! He is my youngest, the baby :-) He is the one who has some mental health struggles. I pray for my children every day, and although I am certainly concerned about their physical safety, my deeper concerns are for their spiritual, emotional, and mental health. I was so relieved that he was not there, and was not harmed, but at the same time, what was that going to do to his sense of safety? He is processing and doing well, but it affected me deeply.

Typically, it takes more than one event to cause cynicism so let’s back up a bit. Let’s group some things together that have happened in my life, and if you are cynical, think about the events that have happened in your life that may have caused it. (Listen for more of the back story).

As promised, here's a link to the article, 11 Strategies to Stop Being a Cynical Person . It's a great article with not only tips, but how being cynical can hold you back. Here's a summary of both of those topics, and be sure to listen for a bit more discussion!

How Cynicism Might be Hurting You

  1. People who are more cynical make significantly less money.

  2. Being cynical prevents you from having meaningful relationships or being close to others.

  3. Cynical people have a higher risk of strokes and heart ailments.

  4. Cynics are more likely to have dementia.

  5. Cynics are more prone to depression.

Tips to Stop Being Cynical

  1. Admit to yourself that you are cynical.

  2. Embrace positivity.

  3. Practice gratitude.

  4. Breathe.

  5. Be mindful.

  6. Be playful, even for just five minutes every day.

  7. Limit your news consumption.

  8. Reveal your true self.

  9. Evaluate the company you keep.

  10. Spend more time with positive people.

  11. Look at people’s best qualities.

Thanks for joining today! As I’ve always asked in the past, please pass the show link along to your friends and subscribe, download, and review wherever you are listening. If you’re a woman and you haven’t joined our private FB group A Place for Women, please do that now! It’ll be your source of encouragement. You can also follow my public page, Tami West Seminars.

And until next time, Consider Yourself Hugged 😘🤗

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