When you’re feeling properly down in the dumps, there is nothing more likely to make you want to stab someone in the face than hearing the words ‘cheer up’.
Well meaning as they may be, the kind of people who tell you just to ‘try and be a bit more positive about things’ really just don’t get it.
Or do they? Can the way you think about things change the way you feel?
There’s a lot of research that says that positive thinking can actually have a direct impact on happiness, and that practising being grateful really can make you feel better about your life. A quick google search came up with this interesting article from Oliver Burkeman, about thinking yourself happy, which really explains it all much better than I could, so instead I’m just going to show you a picture:
Do you like it?
I do. It makes me think of a cross between ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ and ‘rose tinted glasses’ – it’s a sunny orange tinted rain storm. Even when the skies look grey there is always something to be grateful for, even if it’s just the fact that you have an umbrella.