Keep your fire burning in the right direction. The world might try to drag you down, but you can turn the tide.
George Carlin once said, “Inside every cynic is a disappointed idealist.” Cynical people are those who often turn cold and bitter when their expectations fall short and disappoint them. But we live in a brutal world, where our expectations are often met with unexpected ends. This does not mean that we have to give up on our values or what we believe in. Idealism is often met with disappointment, but we don’t bury our vision and our dreams with it. Ideals are not formed without intentions, they are essential and if we do not protect them, there will be no progression and no hope for the future.
Happiness, Passion and love are not always easy to find, especially in deplorable situations. But these doings are subjective. We all see Happiness, passion and love differently based on our individual values and the way that we are brought up. Happiness, especially, is a universal emotion. We can all seek happiness based on our individual situations. Some of us may require more effort to find it, but it is acquirable for everyone. To those of us struggling to find happiness, we need to reframe our mind-set, and recognise that we have a choice on how to reassess our emotions.
We should not focus on the bad side of humanity. Positive Psychology is NOT about portraying false or unrealistic optimism, but that does not mean we should operate like a mean cynic. Many times, we create our own misery. Our negative thoughts take control and it all goes down to a downward spiral from there. So how do we make our way to achieve a healthy mind-set? Always set your sights on the good things in life, no matter how small they seem. How we view the world is dependent on our mind-set. What we focus on expands by ten folds. So if we constantly focus on the negative, then everything we see, do or believe will be negative too.
How else can we condition our mind to be more positive? According to Stanford psychologists, research has shown that comedy and jokes helps us cope with frightening images or scenes (Stanford Report, 2011). The report stated that by using good-natured comedy to reappraising the situation, it could substantially reduce stress. Therefore, having a good sense of humour is essential to our well-being. Do not underestimate the impact of a hearty laughter! Always be thankful and don’t forget to have a good laugh every now and then