So many people get so stuck in a negative mindset that they don’t even fully realize why they were there in the first place! I’m fairly convinced that if you walked up to the average “sad sack” or “worry wart,” and asked them, “Why so down, chum?,” they wouldn’t have a legitimate answer.
They’d either say something vague like, “I just can’t catch a break” or go they’d whip out the old standby, “Life just isn’t fair.”
On the other hand, of course, there are plenty of people who have reasons why they’re wearing a “never in season” frown:
- they don’t have enough money
- they haven’t found Mr./Mrs. Right
- they live in an empty nest
- they don’t live in an empty nest
- their spouse doesn’t measure up
- their kids don’t measure up
- they don’t measure up
- they hate their job
- they hate their co-workers
- they live in a “one horse” town
- they live in a noisy city
- they’re overweight
- they’re underweight
- they have health issues
- etc etc etc
Regardless of their own personal reasons for feeling down, the surest way to move their emotions upward resides in the beautiful quote above: Allowing themselves to recognize just how good things really are.
Like me, you’ve heard the quote, “Things are never as bad as they seem,” right? Well, if we’re going to be completely honest here – sometimes they are as bad as they seem. Losses happen, change happens, and sometimes life really and truly does not play fair. And, yet… if we take the time to look around us – even in the dark – we’ll realize that there are more good things than bad.
More reasons to smile than to frown.
More reasons to feel hopeful than to feel hopeless.
More reasons to feel grateful than hateful.
Joy is a beautiful, wonderful, completely euphoric feeling. It’s more than worth the few minutes it takes to “round up” your blessings and “find” reasons to smile.