Yesterday I worked a 14-hour day. Usually after such a grueling shift, I'd go home, sit on the couch and pout a bit. I'd accept defeat and then head off to bed, so that I could do it all over again the following day. But, yesterday was a little different. Ian texted me at 10 p.m., suggesting that I meet him and some friends at a local pub for some live music and beers. So, once I wrapped up my story, I took him up on the offer and ended up having an awesome evening. I wasn't even tired or grumpy when I got there. I was just happy to have finished work and to have the opportunity to enjoy some tunes and the company of my pals.
Finding happiness can be a mental battle, but sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective. I could have complained about my long day once I got to the pub, but instead I just said, 'It's been a long one, I think I deserve a beer!' and took things from there. I'm trying my best to be more like that. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the negatives and to let them pull you down into a deep pit of unhappiness. What's more difficult is choosing to brush those negatives off, so that you can embrace the positives.
In an attempt to focus on the positives in my life, a couple weeks ago I started listing all of the great things that happened during my day. I have a notebook next to my bed and each night I think of between five and 10 things to write. Now that I'm in the habit, it's getting easier and easier to remember the good and forget the bad. I chalk that up to a win for happiness!
How do you stay positive?