monday motivation: optimism

I already posted this quote on my Facebook page last week, but I loved it so much I had to share it here, too. That Lincoln guy? Kinda awesome. And this quote? Totally amazing. There are so many powerful sentiments wrapped up in those 15 words—the pointlessness of negativity, the lesson of being thankful for what we have, the impressive power of flipping our mindset. Whenever I find myself plummeting into a negativity spiral, I always try to bring myself out of it by flipping the negativity on its head. Finding the silver lining may be a cliché, but for me, it’s an important method for keeping a positive perspective.

Worried about something? Or a lot of things? Write them down. Get all your fears out on paper. And then flip it on its head and write down right next to it the positives in the situation.

Do you try to see the sunny side of life? When’s the last time it was really hard for you to stay optimistic?


  1. says

    I shared that same quote last week!

    I’m definitely an optimist. Researchers have shown they can predict the length of someones life by the size of their smile! Fortunately, optimism is a personality trait that can be learned so anyone can do it (I lecture on this so I really enjoy the topic!)

  2. Candace says

    Right now is a really hard time for me to stay optimistic. :-\ I appreciate your quote. I really needed that. I am usually the one pointing out the sunny side of things to everyone else. It’s nice to be reminded of it when I’m going through my own tough time.

  3. Sara says

    Not sure what’s in the air but I couldn’t agree more with the previous poster. It’s been very difficult for me to stay optimistic lately. I have NO idea why, but this post made me tear up at work! Haha… this was just what I needed to read right now. I’ve been feeling so negative about a lot of things in my life that could have a very positive spin if I just chose to look at things differently. Thank you.

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