Bad days happen to everyone but the goal should be to end the bad things as soon as you realize they are hurting you.
- Immediately focus on someone else. It’s hard to be miserable when your attention is not focused on your problems.
- Declare gratitude. That your spouse is healthy. That you are hanging in there. That your children are growing up happy. That a parent or two is still on this earth to be a part of your life. Talk to a cancer survivor to learn how to be happy even with a disease.
- Come up with a plan. People who achieve things and are happier tend to be planners. If your job continues to make you miserable, don’t ignore the signs, make a plan to find a new job. Let the irritation drive you to success and happiness.
- Do something you like to do. Exercise. Binge on Netflix. Read. Be with a friend not to bring them down but to lift them up (see #1 above).
No matter how badly you feel. No matter how bad things are, there is always hope.
Focus on hope.
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