Sound familiar? Say hello to Negative Nancy.
For her there's no light at the end of the tunnel, life couldn't be worse and the entire universe is against her.
Now let's compare Negative Nancy to Positive Penny.
Penny is optimistic about the future, her life isn't perfect but she's doing alright, for her things can only get better.
Now ask yourself this, which one would you prefer to be?
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It sounds obvious doesn't it? You'd be surprised.
With life, our attitude can have a major influence on our happiness. If we spend everyday listing all of the things that are wrong with our life and focus on the chaos and disappointments that we are faced with, life is nothing short of miserable. Each day becomes a chore and any hopes we have of a better future seem far away if not impossible.
However, if we choose to think differently, if we choose to be optimistic to make the best out of the situation and strive for something better, if we keep our chins up and savour everyday- despite the challenges that come our way- we are in for a lot happier outlook and a much healthier way of living.
Let me give you an example. Say that you wake up and get ready only to come across a heavy traffic jam making you late to wherever you're going. What's more, the car breaks down and you have to call someone to come and pick you up who arrives half an hour late.
After the initial irritation, you can approach this problem in one of two ways. One, you can swear... a lot, blame the entire thing on the universe and let it put you in a foul mood for the rest of the day or, two, you can take a deep breath, have a silent scream and focus on getting through it. You don't take it personally (it happens to most people) and you get back to what you were going to do with the rest of your day having accepted that it's just one of those things.
I know which one I would prefer.
It's your call- you can choose how you go about life, the question is which one would you rather be: a Negative Nancy or a Positive Penny?