(Note: Upon reading the above to our cats, they concurred.)
When I ran across a Wall Street Journal article by Jared Sandberg that quoted researchers estimating that as many as 96 percent of people talk out loud to themselves, I let out a sigh of relief.
Not only is talking to yourself extraordinarily common and a sign of intelligence, research shows that positive self-talk (the more socially acceptable term for this quirk) is also considered an excellent way to make good decisions and build self-esteem.
I must've subconsciously understood this concept ages ago, when learning how to use my computer's calendar feature. To get the hang of the program's updated method for entering information, I randomly inserted compliments to myself on random dates chosen months and years in advance.
So I was at my desk, just typing away, when a programmed reminder flashed on my screen.
"Hey -- are you losing weight?" it asked. "You look like you are."
A while later, it suggested I wear that color more often because "it makes you look young."
The dogs had no opinion. But the cats -- they agreed.
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