The world seems like a major shit show right now and it’s easy to get depressed and to only think about the negative things going on.
But I’m here to tell you that it’s important to stay positive right now and to focus on all the good things that make life worth living.
And so are all these people who sounded off online.
Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.
1. Take it all in.
“I think about all the natural wonders, all the organisms (both beautiful and terrifying) that inhabit this earth with me, I think about the fact that no matter how bad things seem on our pale blue dot the cosmos are massive, complex, and new stars are still being born in stellar nurseries all the time.
I also like to think of my life from a historical context. Needed a root can*l a few weeks ago and was pretty bummed about it till I remember that old timey dentistry was whiskey and some dude with a steady hammering hand.
Hardcore History and other such shows are also excellent work out motivation 🙂 my ancestors used to have to be ready to throw down and scrap! This bike ride to the grocery store is a cake walk comparatively and it’s good for me too.”
2. Good for you!
“I’m not homeless anymore, my chronic illness is in remission, so I can feed myself and even work outside the house.
Life is good!”
3. Still alive.
“That despite the fact I suffer kidney failure and I’m on dialysis 3 days a week, I remind myself that I’m at least still alive and can still be with my family many other serious illnesses don’t give that luxury.”
4. Doing just fine.
“I think about the fact that all things considered I’m reasonably healthy and there’s no warrant out for my arrest.”
5. The key to life.
“That experiences with people is what matters most, not money or material.”
6. Clear your mind.
“Riding my bike and listening to music, it takes my mind off of everything, and I forget what’s going on and I’m just happy.”
7. The little things.
“One thing that reminds me that everything isn’t all bad is that I have people and pets that want me around. I can have an utterly terrible day, come home, and my dog is waiting at the door to greet me. Every day. I’ll go lay down, and he’ll come cuddle with me.
My sister notices the funk, and will make me dinner or a dessert or something to lift my spirits, and I don’t have to say a word. I’m close enough with my best friend that he can notice something off about me just by the way I text, and he’ll come over to play some video games and talk.
Please, please remember that there are people around you that love you and care for you. When you’re having an utterly shit day, there are people that actively want to make it better because they care for you. You may not notice the ways that they do it, but they do.
It can be as simple as just asking how your day was (they know; they can tell,) or as elaborate as taking you out to unwind and have a fun time to forget and relax. No one is ever alone in this world, even if you feel it. And, if you genuinely feel it, message me. I’m always welcoming conversations from anyone.”
8. Still going strong.
“When I lay down at night with my cat (who is 20 years old). She’s such a love bug and I am so lucky to have had her this long and all the stress just melts away ❤️”
9. Enjoy it while it lasts.
“We’re only here for a minute.
10. Let’s see how it plays out.
“I can die later. The world is going to kill me whether I like it or not, so why not stick around for a few more decades and see what happens?
In some ways it’s comforting to know I don’t have to do this forever and I don’t have to kill myself. Curiosity and things to look forward to.
Even TV shows, games, movies, or visits from relatives. I always pick something to look forward to.”
11. Little helpers.
They are helping me more then anything else right now.”
12. To your health!
“I had a stroke a couple of weeks ago (only 27 and no health explanation for the event) and while I was in the hospital walking down the hall with my good old buddy Winston (what I named my IV drip machine pumping me with blood thinner) an older gentleman across the hall saw me and told his nurse I was far too young to be in the ICU.
He had a little plastic pumpkin for Halloween and not much else so he asked the nurse to give it to me.
I never found out which patient gave me that pumpkin but since the stroke, whenever things get stressful I look at it (now sitting on my desk at work) and remember that everything is okay. I plan on keeping my little plastic stroke pumpkin for the rest of my life however long or short it may be.”
13. You’ll do a great job.
“High school is almost over and a new chapter of my life is about to start :)”
14. Still breathing.
“That I’m still breathing. After two suicide attempts I haven’t had a negative thought like that in a long fucking time, a year to be exact. I haven’t had a drink in a few weeks and yeah, I’m starting back at a job that I lost a few years ago.
Surprised that they’re giving me another shot. Also, it’s winter but it’s been so beautiful the last week, and when my husband gets off work, we’re gonna go down to the water and just kick it.”
15. Sometimes, that’s all you need.
“I have a roof over my head.”
We’d like to hear from you, too.
In the comments, tell us what reminds you that there is still good in the world.
Keep your head up! We’ll all get through this difficult time!