A Pitcher of Water

I have been listening to old episodes of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. In an episode with Shawn Achor, who is a happiness researcher, he said one thing that I really liked.

People talk about whether the glass is half full or half empty. But the important thing to remember, is that if you scan your environment, you will see a pitcher of water nearby. It doesn’t matter if it’s half full or half empty, because we always have the power to fill it up.

Now, I admit that I am a naturally optimistic person. Hey, the name of this blog is “looking on the bright side.” But I am definitely a human with my good days and my bad days. When I have my bad days, I try to look for that pitcher of water nearby.

Sometimes we have to work for our happiness. It doesn’t always come naturally. But we can make active decisions to do things that will increase our happiness. Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile. Put on that happy music. Plan an outing to somewhere fun. Sit outside and look at the clouds. Watch a movie that you love.

When you’re feeling depressed, these things can take a real effort and don’t come easily. But keep looking for the pitcher. It’s always there somewhere.