It doesn’t matter if a restaurant you frequent went out of business or you had an absolutely awesome interview but didn’t get the job— when things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to get discouraged. No matter how big or how small, it’s easy for “bad stuff” to bum you out, especially if it seems like you’re on a roll and experiencing a long streak of similar events.
Think about it, though. Bad stuff sometimes leads to good stuff. If your favorite pizza place closed their doors, you might find out that you like another pizza place even better. If you were passed over for a job that you really wanted, you never know—you might get a call tomorrow for an even better opportunity.
I’m not trying to be Mr. Merry Sunshine here— I do realize that some people are so cheerful it’s almost annoying—but a positive outlook on life really can help you move forward and succeed with the things you want to accomplish.
There’s a reason that the residents of laid-back communities tend to live longer than those from big, bustling cities. There’s a reason that people who “go with the flow” have less wrinkles and look younger than their actual age…
…They keep their chin up.
Ways to Keep Your Chin Up
If you’re down in the dumps and need to elevate your mood, the following things are a good way to get your chin up:
#1- Think of three positive things that you have in your life. Anything! There’s got to be something that you’re grateful for, and I’m willing to bet that once think of three things you’ll start thinking of a lot more.
#2- Communicate with others. It’s all too easy to hole yourself up in your apartment when you’re in a bad mood, but your mood will only get worse if you avoid the outside world. Call a friend, visit a relative, or go for a walk and chat with a stranger. Talk to someone.
#3- Meditate. Sit in a quiet room, close your eyes, and breathe deeply for five or ten minutes. You’ll feel a whole lot better when you’re done.
#4- Laugh. Watch kids play at the park, read some jokes, or check out a sitcom for a few minutes. Find something funny, and you’ll start to see that the world isn’t that bad.
#5- Tell yourself, “This too shall pass.” I’ve gone through some crazy phases in my own life, and somehow I survived them all. I’ve got better memories of some things than others, but life goes on and things eventually improve.
Warren Buffett was rejected by Harvard when he applied as a teenager, and Ted Turner was turned down by Harvard and Princeton. Somehow, though, they found alternatives and went on to become two extremely successful people. They kept their chin up, and so should you.Take Action. Get Results.