It would be tragic to become someone who could only be happy when things are going well. Able to smile only when things went my way, or the way I predicted them to go. As tragic as it would be, that person is not a stranger to me. Contentment and positivity are not my natural inclinations. In a fight, negativity and dissatisfaction would win, hands down. Thankfully, I’ve come to realize that I feel much better about myself when I can be content in my current situation. Sometimes we really need to work for the happiness and goodness in our lives (and sometimes often feels like all the time). It seems that certain people are born seeing that glass as half full. Not me. I am not hard-wired for optimism. I need to force myself to squint really hard to see the good when I am upset, uncomfortable, or just plain bored. Do you know how I force myself to do so? On those mornings when I just seem to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, I grip a pen between my teeth while getting ready to stimulate a smile. I will continue to train myself to choose the high road, even if it means sticking a writing utensil in my mouth, because my happiness is worth it, and so is the happiness of those around me.
Would you consider yourself to be an optimist or pessimist? What are some of the tricks you’ve discovered that help cheer you up and see the positive?