It pays to look on the bright side.
We’ve all had those bad days where it feels like no matter what you do, nothing is going your way. You sleep through your alarm, you step in a puddle while wearing your new shoes, you miss the bus … this list could go on forever.
And when you have that many things working against you all at once, it can be impossible to see how things can get better.
I am no stranger to negative thinking, trust me. I wish I could say something like, “Don’t let the little things bring you down!” but I have most definitely quit for the day and gone back to bed all because one too many cars cut me off in traffic.
But in all honesty, sometimes you just need to have one of these days where you just remove yourself from everything that is making you mad or upset and recharge for a few hours.
Of course, if you are letting the little things ruin your ENTIRE day, that’s something different. Not every day is going to be stellar.
No one is able to wake up every morning with a smile on their face and ready to kick ass — or if there is, I haven’t met them yet.
But one thing you should be able to do is to be thankful for the day you had, no matter how crappy it was, by the time you get into bed for the night.
You might be asking yourself why being thankful for every day is important. It might just be fine to be thankful for the days that were actually good or productive, right? Well, yes and no. While it’s good to be happy and grateful for a good day, being thankful for a bad one is just as important.
Why? Because you’re alive and because you get to start over tomorrow. Positive thinking is a form of stress management that is good for you, too.
You don’t have to have a good day every day, but you should try to at least see some good in even the worst days.
Yes, you were late for the bus this morning, but your boss did thank you for getting that big project finished before you left work yesterday. If you ask me, that’s a huge win on a bad day.
I remember one episode of Sex and the City when Charlotte was asked if she was always happy in her marriage (not totally the same, but bear with me). Her response was yes, even though her friends couldn’t figure out how that was. When she explained, she said, “Not all day every day, but every day.”
Yes, it’s hard to have good days all the time, but even finding the smallest bits of happiness in every day is an amazing start, just take it from Charlotte.
Of course, getting yourself in the right mindset can be hard, so here are some inspirational quotes about how to see the good in every day, even when every day isn’t good.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.
On not letting the journey ruin the destination.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
On training your mind.
“Train your mind and heart to see the good in everything. There is always something to be thankful for.”
On choosing to be happy.
“You always have the choice to be happy. Learn to understand the purpose of bumps in the road, grow from them and stay positive.”
On waiting for the clouds to pass.
“On the other side of the clouds is a bright blue sky.”
On seeing things how you want to see them.
“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
On being in control.
“Use your struggles and frustrations today to motivate you rather than annoy you. You are in control of the way you look at life. Be mindful.” — marcandangel
On seeing things through.
“Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”
On being happy because you can.
“Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.”
On looking for the positives in every day.
“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”
On keeping your head up.
“Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman
On the source of positive thinking.
“You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” — Marianne Williamson
On not worrying.
“Worrying won’t stop bad stuff from happening. It just keeps you from enjoying the good.”
On trusting that good days will come.
“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.”
On pushing through the tough times.
“Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.” — Tupac Shakur
On letting things go their own way.
“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.”
On understanding what it means to be positive.
“Being positive isn’t pretending that everything is good — it’s seeing the good in everything.”
On letting the bad lead you to the good.
On finding your courage.
“It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” — Oscar Wilde
On being strong.
“Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Be strong and choose to be positive.”
On trusting your journey.
“I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.” — Mila Bron