Day 1591: Helpful

If you read any of my helpful posts on this blog, you’ll see that I use the word “helpful” a lot.

I shall now provide helpful links to my four previous helpful posts with “helpful” in the title (here, here, here, and here).

I wonder if it’s helpful for me to remember that the last time I wrote a blog post about a word I use frequently (Day 734: Actually), somebody actually tried to be helpful by advising me about how to use that word less. Is it helpful for me to confess that I don’t want to use the word “helpful” less, because I like the word “helpful”?

Is it helpful for me to speculate why I like the word “helpful” so much?

I guess I like to be helpful to other people, especially in my work as an individual and group therapist. I also think it’s helpful for me to remember that people I want to help are in control of any helpful changes I might wish for them. Perhaps it would be helpful to quote this helpful lightbulb joke right now:

How many psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb?

One, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.

Here’s my first helpful photograph from yesterday:

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It might be helpful if I explain that photo. “Is that a helpful thought?” can be a helpful challenge to any cognitive distortion, including shoulds, fortune-telling, Β catastrophizing, mind-reading, blaming, labeling, comparisons, and overgeneralization. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckΒ is a helpful book by Mark Manson.

Are any of my perhaps inexplicable photos from yesterday helpful?

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Since people liked the octopus cookie in yesterday’s post, I thought it would be helpful to take and share that last picture.

Here‘s a helpful video from YouTube:

I always find comments from my readers very helpful.

Helpful thanks to all who helped me create this post and — of course! — to helpful you.

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32 thoughts on “Day 1591: Helpful

  1. Try getting a cat to do what Jessie does. Correct, you can’t….
    Thank you for another “Helpful” blog post.

  2. Helpful is a great word. It would be helpful to this world if more people used it!!

  3. Actually, I think you use every word exactly the right amount to be helpful, Ann.

  4. Jesse is certainly helpful in making me chuckle this morning! He reminds me of our youngest – Always on the go and looking for something to do … she isn’t nearly so helpful though!

  5. “How many psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    One, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.”

    I love this! It’s very helpful to me as a psychotherapist to know this!

  6. Jesse is very helpful, but who helps Jesse?
    Just yesterday I heard someone say, “Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Being willing to ask for help is a sign of strength.”
    That’s a very helpful statement.

  7. Well, I just want to say this post was very helpful for me this morning!

    As always, it helped me smile. πŸ™‚

  8. This is helpful:
    How many psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    One, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.
    It made me laugh!
    -Alan

  9. What has been very helpful to me (in all seriousness) is reading your blog and finding ways to help my thinking process. Things that benefit me. And hopefully benefit those around me. I find your existence to be VERY helpful. πŸ™‚

  10. It is very helpful to reflect on whether thoughts are helpful. It is also helpful to know that there is more than one color of octopi. Yum.

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, Ann – thanks for sharing it.
    Kindness – Robert.

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  13. I just landed here and have so far have read about mugshots and being helpful. I am not really sure what the hell is going on, but I like it – a lot. Is that helpful?

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