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priorities and emphasizing those areas that are most important to you
and that are most under your control, that is, areas that you can do
something about. For example, if you have an unbeatable health prob-
lem, you may deemphasize the importance of health in your life and
instead focus on relationships or your work. These may be two areas that
you can change to make yourself happier.
5. Boost Your Satisfaction in Other Areas Not Considered Before. The fifth and
final strategy for improving your quality of life is to boost your satisfac-
tion in other areas that you haven't considered before. You can boost or
increase your overall quality of life by increasing your satisfaction with
other areas of life that are not of immediate concern. This is especially
helpful when you are working on an area that is very difficult and slow to
change, such as a love relationship. While a particular area of concern,
like love, may be moving slowly toward improvement, you can boost
your overall quality of life by focusing on other areas of life that you care
about, such as recreation and friendships, even though these areas are
not your “number one” concern at the moment.
Summary. To apply these five strategies to your situation, all you need to
do is (a) identify the areas of life that you are unhappy with and want to
change, and (b) creatively brainstorm about ways to apply one or more of
these five strategies with the goal of improving your satisfaction. As the
above strategies suggest, you can improve your satisfaction in any area of life
by actually improving the objective circumstances or by changing your atti-
tudes, goals, standards, and priorities. Finally, because your overall quality of
life is made up of your happiness with all of the particular parts of life that
you care about, you can increase your overall quality of life by doing what
you can to boost your satisfaction in any area that you care about, even ones
that are not of pressing concern right now.
Source: Questionnaire handout from the Quality of Life Therapy: Therapist Manual ( Frisch, 1998b ).
workplace is a very complex task. It requires that supportive workplace
networks employ flexible and multidisciplinary approaches.
Tzafrir & Mano-Negrin (2006) reported that downsizing has been a
very pervasive organizational issue. During the recent economic down-
turn many organizations have done little to prepare their employees for
a mass layoff. A main focus of this study is to examine how workplace
QOLT methods and alliances during a period of downsizing can
enhance the QoL of employees. This includes both those who are dis-
missed and others who remain in an organization. Several findings
indicate that QOLT methods can have a twofold effect. For example,
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