Life coach: have some fun

1st November 2002 at 00:00
While encouraging students' creativity, it's easy to forget about your own. Here are a few things you can do to keep life fresh and interesting:

* At least once a month, practise pronoia (the irrational belief that everyone is trying to do nice things for you).

* Go to the zoo, but pretend it's the visitors who are on display and observe the strange behaviour of this fascinating species.

* Write the shortest poem you can (Ogden Nash's was "Fleas": "Adam had 'em.") * The next time you go to a party, instead of asking, "What do you do?"

ask, "What's most important to you?" You'll have more interesting conversations.

* Get a T-shirt printed that says, "What would have to be printed on this shirt to get you to smile?"

* Write a fan letter to somebody in your life. They'll appreciate it more than your favourite film star or pop idol would.

These are a start. It's also fun to think of your own.

Jurgen Wolff is a hypnotherapist, teacher, and writer. His most recent book is Do Something Different (Virgin Business Guides). His free monthly Brainstorm e-bulletin is available from

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