Monday, December 1, 2014

W.O.O.P. Your Life!

Mom is super into this mind-thought program called "WOOP." 
We listened to an interview at WNYC online with researcher Gabriele Oettingen*, and we checked out the webpage WOOPMYLIFE. Here's a summary: "roadblocks can lead to success," and pawsitivity has its place, but may need to be reconsidered.

It's super usable... basically, you coach yourself (or I coach Mom). For example, here's my WOOP for today:
WISH: Walkies!
OUTCOME: Go on walkies.
OBSTACLE: I need a human to walk me on leash.
PLAN: Stand by the front door until human gets a clue.


Mom's WOOP is a little more complicated:
WISH: Be a dog.
OUTCOME: Become a dog.
OBSTACLE: Mom is human.
PLAN: No plan. Not possible. Mourn not being able to be a dog in this lifetime.

Okay, so it didn't work for that.

But it works for this, for Mom:
WISH: Meditate daily.
OUTCOME: A more regular meditation practice.
OBSTACLE: Life is a total distraction. Mom gets uncomfortable, stiff, and sore sitting still. Mom forgets to set her sights in a more reasonable fashion.
PLAN: Meditate 4x / week / for ten minutes each time.

IT WORKED! Mom and I have been meditating for two weeks now with the above plan. Super helpful. Thank you, WOOP!

* The interview was on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC -- "Optimism Can Make You Unhappy" -- here is that link


  1. Gosh, I will have to try this method.

    W - wish for treats on counter
    O - I am hungry
    O - I have short legs and can't reach the counter
    P - Make the cat knock the treats off the counter

  2. We've never hear of WOOP before except for in the song WOOP there it is!

    Our WOOP would look like this:

    W Why can't we have more treats
    O Often pondering the meaning of life while napping
    O Overly excited
    P We love to P

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  3. Great ideas. I am positive I can think of a few things to do with that.

  4. All that stuff about meditating has reminded Gail of what a friend once said when she saw how Hamish was treated. "Oh I do wish I could be reincarnated as your dog, and enjoy a life of walks in the hills, regular feeding and lying on the sofa having my tummy tickled".
    Toodle pip!

  5. I like that! WOOP - not sure Harley will though...

  6. Hey furiend! Geat post, and good to see you! *wags*

    My Papa likes meditation as well, but he has not performed it with me... is it helpful to alleviate teckel stress as well?

    I am going to try one your exercises:

    W - Wish I could be better at making doggie friends around town
    O - Have a better in-person social network and more playmates!
    O - I am nervous at introductions and am told that others do not appreciate my "bit the face to establish dominance" approach to salutations :/
    F - WOOF! WOOF WOOF! Forgot the last letter! I think my short attention span may be part of the obstacle as well...

  7. maybe my poodle is meditating when he stares at me. DH asks, what in the world does he want!? I don't know. Now I'm going to answer he's meditating. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  8. I like it, a nice simple framework you can use for any wish (Goal)! Thanks for sharing
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe

  9. I like it too.. WOOP WOOP
    thanks for the smiles


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