The Daily Cup – I’ll Have What She’s Having

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We all have our favorite spots where we eat and hang out with friends. We all have favorite go-to foods, the tastes and aromas that just mix perfectly with the spirit of the gang. This is our traditional food when Friday night comes, or the weekend, or the 4th of July. Here is what we suggest, just for fun. This week, if you plan on dining with friends, each order your food as you normally would. Get what you like. If you are ordering at a deli counter, you’ll want to keep each order separate for this exercise. Then, when the food arrives or when you get to your party venue with it, randomly switch plates or bags with someone else in the group. Even if you get something you’re already familiar with, this simple switching game has a significant impact. It creates a situation where you must make do with sudden change, but it also throws you a curve. We usually resist change. In this situation, since you are among friends, and you probably share similar tastes, change becomes an easy challenge to face, and enjoyable too. You never know, it could make you feel uncommonly daring the next time you face a real, sudden change of plans.

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The Daily Cup – You Like That Too?!

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Are there activities you’d like to do with friends but never get around to it? Or you just assume they might not be interested, so you never ask? Plan a picnic or dinner with your best buddies and give them an assignment before they show up. Ask them to each list two activities they’d like to share with others on two separate slips of paper. You do the same. When you gather at dinner or the picnic, place all slips in a bowl and each draw one. It does not matter if you draw your own. Take turns reading off the activities on each slip. Vote on 1 or 2 slips to set aside for discussion. Let the planning begin! You may find that half the group ends up sharing an interest in one activity while others feel inspired by another. That’s OK. You could always just start a conversation without the paper slips game, but having a process actually promotes creative thinking. Savor the moment.

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The Daily Cup – Laugh Out Loud

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Plan on concluding the day with laughter. You could stop by a bookstore on your way home from work and buy a small joke book, then read a few pages before going to bed. Or spend a few moments on You Tube, watching bloopers from your favorite shows, movies or from the news. Watch an episode of The Golden Girls, Seinfeld or Friends or clips from The Carol Burnett Show. These classics, filmed before a live audience, are sure to give you a hearty dose of humor and to help you relax from the small and big burdens of the day.

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