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‘I have been in this industry for 28 years and in my entire career, it has never been this awful.’
‘After 30 years of experience, I could never have anticipated it getting to this level.’
‘If we don’t address this immediately, we will never recover.’
‘I have walked this earth for 67 years; I have never seen anything like this.’
You’ve likely heard a variation of all of these phrases, whether in person or on the news. Politics, the stock market, the economy, world events, climate change, and now overwhelming anxiety. Is it any wonder? How can your mind, spirit, and body relax and re-energize when it feels as though you’re under constant stress? It feels like there’s a giant asteroid hurtling toward the earth and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.
First of all, turn off the news for a minute. Close every tab, log out of your social media accounts, and power down your devices. I have news for you. The world isn’t such a bad place and we’re going to highlight the reasons why. Before we do, though, let’s take a moment to highlight some of humanity’s best bits in recent years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the world. When the world went into lockdown, many necessary items were in demand. There were two big reasons for this — unpreparedness and panic buying. With disaster looming, many companies acted to fill the gaps. Clothing retailers started producing face masks, and factories started producing ventilators and hand sanitizer.
In the face of overwhelming tragedy, humans still come together to remedy the situation. We really do!
Many countries shared their resources, sending excess to countries in need. We found a way to overcome, which is incredible. Unfortunately, negative news sells better and we instead focused on what or who didn’t come through for us. Let’s focus instead on the wins, rather than the losses.
All over the world, people have done the best they can to improve the lives of others. From those in the entertainment industry who have released their work early, free, or in a new format, to the celebrities reading children’s books on video.
The wildfires on the west coast also highlighted how quick people are to step up and help their communities when the time comes. Whether it’s preppers offering neighbors food, or the people who rally to get bottled water to the communities in need, or the firefighters sent from other cities or other countries. When it comes right down to it, there are always helpers emerging from the crowd. Look for the helpers or be the helper.
Let’s be honest for a moment, it shouldn’t take natural disasters or global pandemics to bring out the best in us. The reality is it doesn’t, we just don’t pay attention. Life can be chaotic and, in our busyness, we overlook the work others do all the time. While some people turn up on holidays to volunteer their time, some people do so all year long. We’re paying more attention around the holidays because we’re in good cheer and feeling more charitable. We know that charitable donations increase around the holiday season.
The world is a beautiful place if we choose to focus our energy on the positive things in life. Below are six reasons why the world isn’t such a bad place after all.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the negative occurrences going on right now. Well, it’s time to focus on the incredible strength of communities all over the country.
When the going got tough, the tough were ready to respond in kind. People were quick to stand up and help at-risk neighbors. They were quick to arrange donation drives to keep the food banks stocked up. They signed up to call elderly people who lived alone or to deliver food to those unable to leave home.
Sometimes, it feels as though we’re all alone in this world, but our communities are quick to step in when a real threat looms.
One thing the pandemic has taught us is how invaluable our families are. They’re the ones who support you when you’re down, cheer you up, offer a shoulder, and stand by you no matter what.
As bad as the world might seem, when everything else disappears and fades to black, your loved ones are always there.
You don’t need to wait until you’re at your wit’s end to recognize the power of family and friends. They’re there to help you avoid getting to that point.
While climate change is a consistent threat, we can still celebrate the beauty that mother nature has to offer. In fact, perhaps, if more of us celebrated nature we would be more mindful about how we personally contribute to our changing climate.
You don’t need a beach on your doorstep or mountains out your back window to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in.
The herbs you use in the kitchen, the flowers you place in a vase, and the rising and the setting of the sun are all worth enjoying.
The idea of joy might seem vague in terms of why the world isn’t so bad, but joy can be found in a variety of places.
You may find joy in spending your evening watching a full season of your favorite sitcom. Perhaps you find joy in taking a long walk through a park.
The point is, as long as you’re capable of searching out, finding, and enjoying joy… well, the world isn’t so bad, is it?
It might not be guaranteed, but the promise of tomorrow still makes today worth living.
How bad can the world really be if you’re rewarded with a fresh opportunity to make a difference every day?
At the start of each day, think about what actions you can take to make sure others see that the world isn’t such a bad place.
Yes, no matter what’s going on in the world, we still have our snuggly, cuddly, adorable pets standing by to lift the human spirit.
It’s difficult to avoid pictures of animals on the internet these days, but, if you don’t have a pet at home, do yourself a favor and follow animal-related accounts.
They make a stark contrast from all the bad news and upset on your social media timelines.
We don’t live in a perfect world, that much is clear. It can feel suffocating sometimes, how awful everything seems. Terrible things are going on all over the world. There are concerns to be had. But, if you focus solely on the negativity that’s going on, you won’t have the energy to make any of it better.
It’s good that we recognize the downsides of the world, but it’s only good to recognize those downsides if you’re equally prepared to fight to right those wrongs. We’re the only ones who are capable of effecting change and it has to start with you.
By learning to recognize all the ways the world isn’t so bad, you’re changing your perception. Use that to focus on the positive and take action when faced with negativity.