Did you know that March is National Optimism Month. As optimism can sometimes be a bit fluffy and over the top, lets have a closer look.
If you buy in to the stories presented in the media, papers, TV and radio, it is rare to find much that is positive and puts a smile on your face. If you are anything like me you will find yourself talking to your radio or TV and engaging with whatever story is doing the rounds that day! The last few years have seemed particularly challenging, with ongoing atrocities just about everywhere in the world. And with politics being the circus that it is right now, the drama can certainly get you down – if you let it.
However, let’s get a little perspective to the negativity that surrounds us:
There are roughly 7 billion people on our beautiful planet Earth. That means on average, a minimum of 7 billion stories being played out. Now, take today’s news or listen to those around you who watch the news or the latest soap or TV drama, and count the negative stories. How many do you find? 50? 100? 200?
Now, compare that against 7 billion. A pretty small percentage. In fact, at 200 stories, it works out to 0.000000028% – (I didn’t do the maths by the way!). The news philosophy is, “If it bleeds, it leads.” But are you going to listen to the 0.000000028%, or go looking for the 99.99999972% that stands a better chance of being positive? Or even better, how many of the dramas going on in your own life can be turned around with positive eyes?
You can certainly find the negative, if that’s what you go looking for. But the reverse is also true. If you go looking for solutions instead of problems, you will find them. And with each perspective, how does that affect how you live your days?
The decision is yours to make and no one else can answer these questions for you. But when it comes right down to it, which is going to make you happier? It’s your life… don’t let the modern media run it for you!
Adapted from The Pacific Institute.