Snoozed your alarm, skipped breakfast, and raced out the door again? There you are: rubbing your eyes and yawning all the way to the train. Does it take you three days to wake up in the morning? Good morning. Has anyone seen my good mood? Do you awaken feeling bright, brisk, and on the ball, or more like the walking dead? Perhaps it’s time to check your daily morning routine. You know how I feel. If people were meant to pop out of bed, we’d all sleep in toasters.

Hmmm. Do you feel valued and appreciated? By whom? What is more priceless than the feeling that you truly matter to someone? Other than eating chocolate, of course. Then again, the flavonoids, theobromine, and caffeine in chocolate are known to improve alertness and mental skills. Heck, nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen. You know what they say: Chocolate is G-d’s apology for broccoli.  Truthfully, feeling appreciated or highly regarded lifts you up and spurs you on like little else.

“You are the Monday of my life.” Uh, oh. So, some people don’t like you, but what can you do? Not everyone has good taste. How many people in your life truly accept you? He says he loves you, yet he dismisses your feelings. She regularly reminds you how inaccurate your emotional responses are. Well, all of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Sure, we all want a healthy body, but how healthy is your mind? You’re eating your veggies and pounding the gym, but what have you done lately to ensure that you are emotionally sound? So, you’re on a health kick, eh? You decided to stop using the drive-through at the hamburger joint. You’re just gonna park the car and walk in. Sheesh. Does your diet plan let you use rollover calories? Which came first: the chicken salad or the egg salad? Yes, its three meals a day, but how many should you eat at night? Uh, oh. But seriously, 95 percent of your serotonin comes from your gut, so please toss that salad.

Things are getting worse. Please send more chocolate. When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate. Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way at least you’ll get one thing done. But the truth is that change is a constant part of our lives – sometimes not for the better. How, oh how, do we continue to adjust? As soon as you sort of got used to, or reluctantly accepted, the latest development, it changed again.

Speaking your mind is easy. Speaking it tactfully? Not so much. Are you offended by the easily offended? Want to join the Victimhood Olympics? Once upon a time, we were able to differ and dissent naturally, openly, and even publicly. After all, don’t we all have different perspectives and points of view? Dialogue used to involve give and take without getting annoyed, angry, irked, and irritated with anyone who disagreed with us.