Look for the Good

The other day, I was scrolling through my newsfeed and was struck by the overwhelming negativity of so many status updates.

I fucking hate traffic. My life life sucks. 

I’m going to jump off a bridge if I don’t get an A on this biology paper. I’m a fucking seniorrrr. 

Worst. day. everrrr. I got a parking ticket and the line at Starbucks was out the door. 

It went on and on. And Twitter isn’t safe from the nagging, negative tweets either. I agree that we all have bad days and are completely entitled to our own emotions  - but really? People just bitch and moan via social media about insignificant things, and I don’t like it.

I wanted to read something different, so I asked for it.

And just like that, comments started popping up. 

And more…

And more still..

Reading every comment made me genuinely happy. From being with someone battling an illness to something as wonderfully simple as eating a delicious pastry: It was all positive.

Life is good, my friends. Don’t take it for granted. Yes, there will always be negative things and people in the world that can bog you down. But I promise you, that if you look for the good in life – you’ll find it.

Let’s keep it going – Tell me something good or happy that’s happened in your life today. I woke up without an alarm and then enjoyed a nice cup of coffee in my PJs. I have nowhere to be today, and that is wonderful! 

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24 Responses to Look for the Good

  1. Today is my birthday so it’s bound to be a good day! :)

  2. I love how you smeared the names out. So anti-government. ;)

    • Colleen says:

      Hahaha I’m also just too lazy to get confirmation from everyone that “it’s okay to be put on the blog” :)

  3. Love this. I woke up and the sun is shining. It’s going to be a fantastic day. Happy Friday!!

  4. Kierston says:

    I woke up to puppy kisses :)

  5. This is sooo true. Everyone on Facebook and Twitter always bitch and bitch and bitch lol. Love that you put that status. I woke up, had a good workout, and it’s Friday which is wonderful :)

  6. too true.

    It’s Friday and I have amazing friends and family :)

  7. great post! i’m all about more positivity in life!

    something happy that has happened in my life today? my husband got home safely from a work trip early this morning AND i don’t work today – woot!

  8. Elle says:

    I love this so much. I think a lot about how we’re all surrounded by a ‘whiny’ culture. I have to constantly stop myself from complaining about things (even things I don’t really care about!) to fill spaces in conversations, and try instead to say good things. Even something as small as when someone asks how you are, instead of replying ‘eh, fine’, saying ‘awesome!’, if you are feeling awesome!

    Anyways. I just got off the phone with my sister, which always makes me happy. I am eating awesome granola, I just got into the program I wanted, and I read this post. Awesome!

  9. I am having lunch with an old friend today!!! :)

  10. Anne Kendall says:

    I: set an alarm on a Friday (even though I didn’t need to), ran a 5k in under 40:00, made a healthy and delicious breakfast, get to see my sister-slash-best friend tonight, get to see the boy tonight, have a great weekend planned, and I get to enjoy one of my last frat parties before the boy goes off to med school — because I DO still love to rage ;) Wooohoo! So many good things! [Loved your social experiment idea]

  11. I’m glad I didn’t see your tweet yesterday – I had nothing good going on. On the other hand, today I met the hubs for lunch, and we both got really awesome sandwiches. (the little things :) )

  12. Ashley says:

    I totally agree with you!! I get so tired of all the Negative-Nancys out there! I just want to shake people sometimes and have them put their worries in perspective. Do you have health? Do you have a family? Do you live in one of the most affluent, stable countries in the world? If so, you have a lot to be thankful for! Love all the positive goodies you got!

  13. I’m glad you are addressing this because sometimes being on twitter is a total bummer! Today is a good day because I woke up early and straightened by hair! This hardly ever happens:) Oh the little things!!!!

  14. Great idea, Colleen! I may have to try this next week :)

    Good for me today: stopped to peruse at the library and stumbled on a book that I think was meant for me! It wasn’t even in the right section!

  15. Carolyn says:

    I am starting to defriend people on Facebook because their posts are just depressing me! Definitely need to focus on the positive and good.

  16. Carter says:

    Started my Friday off early with one class, hopped into my car, and road tripped it to go see my man and spending the whole weekend with him. Weather’s gorgeous, life couldn’t be better for these next few days :)

  17. Love the optimism :D I am one of those annoying perky people who always tries to find the good in things [although we all have our days]… Optimism overpowers pessimism!

  18. The good things are always there if we are looking! I think social media has given people a weird/new outlet for frustrations they don’t have to aim at a specific person and I think that’s good in a way…but I don’t want to read that crap all day either. It can bring you down.

  19. What was the coffee doing in your PJs? How odd…..
    I received a huge box of Chobani yogurt in the mail. And a student emailed asking to join my class because he’d heard I was “amazing and fun.” So a happy Friday, ayup!

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  21. I love this Colleen! One good thing that happened to me today – I put on a bit more weight and my mom gave me a huge high-five. It felt great :)

  22. Hey! I just found your blog (again) on the Blend website and I actually thought I already subscribed to your blog, but apparently I just saw your blog once, really liked it, and forgot to add it to my list. ;-)

    I will be attending Blend and am really excited to meet you especially after reading your personality post. Have a great week! :-)

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