Tuesday March 20, 2018 #953
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”
Even when we want to be hopeful and optimistic, the world around us tends to convince us that things are quite ugly. The past was somehow better (though you know objectively it was not), the present is horrific, and the future is unknown and scary…. Or is it? Today’s media leans to the negative and sensational, showing us horrific happenings locally and globally. Social media is mostly filled with either negative news or banalities. It is easy to get lost in this sea of negativity and boredom and begin to feel helpless to see positives or be hopeful.
While the negatives do exist, they remain a small percentage of reality. In fact, there are far more positives than negatives – they just aren’t as newsworthy or “likable” on social media. We can however be intentional in who we choose to be around, the social media we choose to engage in, and with how we get our news.
Choose hope and optimism, and intentionally seek other positive people and media sources to help you build on this and to insulate you from the negativity fighting for your attention.