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! 

Comments

    • Colleen says

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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]

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 :)

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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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