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Earn Money with Negativity

October11

Tip 164

Start a Negative Jar 

If you are like many people, you probably have just wee bit of a problem in being negative way too much. Somehow  it seems to take less brain energy to complain, blame, and criticize than it does to think of better ways of doing things, accept responsibility, overlook faults in people who may not be perfect like you. 

Then, you get a married couple together, and you can easily get twice the negativity; actually it can increase exponentially. 

Start fresh today. This is a one-month experiment.   

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Make a negative/complaint jar. Decide between you how much negative/complaining/blaming comments are worth: 25 cents, $1.00, $5.00, $20.00, whatever you can pay that causes you to wince every time you put money in the jar.  Keep the jar for one month. Each time one spouse hears the other spouse being negative, the negative speaking spouse has to fork over the money and put it into the jar–no IOU’s, either.

Along with your money, drop a piece of paper with your own name in your own handwriting into the jar. At the end of the month, the person who has his/her name the least in the jar gets the whole jar.  

By the way, if you have kids living at home and they hear you being negative, that counts, too. No criticisms are allowed of your spouse, your kids, yourself, about anyone else, the housework, your work environment, your yard, long lines in the grocery store, the monthly bills, nothing.

Is there something you have a habit of being critical about? Do you think you can go for a month without being critical–can your spouse?

~ Glenda (gj)
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“Earn Money with Negativity”

  1. Avatar November 12th, 2010 at 11:47 pm No More Excuses « 365 Days of Fun in Marriage Says:

    […] been one month since we talked about making a negative jar on October 11. If you weren’t reading then, you were to create a jar to drop money in every time you said […]


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