I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. With everything that’s going on in the world, I feel a little guilty being my normally positive and happy self. In fact, last week I found myself slipping into a pattern of anxiety and worry. The interesting thing is that my being worried and anxious didn’t change anything- it only made me sad. A spirit of positivity isn’t something to suppress when bad things happen. Misery helps no one, but positivity does. My wise mother would often encourage me to, “yank yourself together” -meaning get my emotions under control. She knew that cultivating and maintaining a positive outlook is a great way to break the cycle of sadness and worry.
Of course, sometimes it’s easier said than done. Staying positive takes energy and work and I always need to circle back to the realization that it’s up to me make my self happy. A good night’s sleep, regular exercise and a good diet are necessary, but when that fails- what else? I checked in with some experts and here are some thoughts.