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Train Yourself to Look on the Bright(er) Side

Caring for a sick or disabled loved one can make even the most positive of people feel blue. It is a mentally, emotionally and often physically demanding job–and many family caregivers have full or part time jobs on top of their caregiving responsibilities! It is possible to train yourself to be more optimistic.’s article “Bringing Out a Caregiver’s Inner Optimist” offers do-able tips to help lift your spirits. For example, try focusing on the things that are in your control (how you react to or feel about something or someone) rather than those things that are out of your control (other people’s behavior, the progression of your loved one’s disease). For other great tips on staying positive as a caregiver, visit

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