Last week we discussed how to embrace change and I argued that staying positive is one of the keys to making a stress-free transition. This week I want to look at silver linings as a tool for thinking more positively.
As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. It’s that little bit of positive news that comes with every bump in the road. But when the proverbial shit hits the fan, how can we expect to feel anything but frustrated? Because we have to!
If we want to be happier, healthier people we have to train ourselves to focus on the good. I use the word train because I see positive thinking as a skill to be honed through discipline and practice. That’s where silver linings come in. When challenges come my way, I force myself to find the positive in every situation. And through this challenge I’ve noticed three things:
- The more I practice finding silver linings, the easier they are to find.
- No matter how disappointing the situation, silver linings almost always make me feel better.
- Focusing on the positive in one situation makes me feel more positive overall.
This week’s happy challenge:
In the spirit of getting happier and healthier, the next time you’re up against one of life’s many obstacles, I challenge you to find the silver lining in the situation. Write it down or share it with a friend and see if it makes you feel better.
To help get you thinking, here are a few of my own silver linings:
- Computer crashes at the start of my very busy school term = important lesson learned about backing up my files
- Balancing work and school is becoming more and more difficult = practice for the busy and stressful reality of a career in public relations
What are some of your silver linings? Share your thoughts!