Skip the Shades

Back in June of 2016, I wrote an article for Odyssey titled “Why You Shouldn’t Wear Sunglasses This Summer.” While the article already exists (feel free to check out the original), I thought it was important to include it on this blog and to bring back the important message that I wanted to get across from it.

Too often we view life in a negative light. We don’t just think about what could go wrong, we think about why things won’t go right. This mindset is something that we all need to shake. While the world certainly isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, living life with a positive attitude goes a long way in making even the worse days a little better.

Instead of looking for the bad in situations, look for the good. That’s why #13 on my “To You List” is to skip the shades. There are so many times I find myself saying that I’m just being a “realist” when I look at situations negatively when really I’m being more of a pessimist.

Looking at life positively doesn’t mean being naive to the negative things that happen in your life, but it means taking those negative things and making the most out of them. It means not letting the negative in your life take away from the positive. It means trying to see the best in the situation and knowing that no matter how bad it is it will eventually make you stronger. It’s realizing that hating the world and being upset isn’t going to solve anything.

Whether or not it is something you believe in, I suggest giving it a try. You just might be surprised at how bright your days get when you stop living behind shades.

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