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Cheer Up! Photos To Lighten Up Your Gloomy Day

Cheer Up! Photos To Lighten Up Your Gloomy Day

Everyone’s mood changes from time to time. Here are a few pictures that will lighten your mood and make you cheerful again! There is so much life and happiness around you. You simply need to seek it and have your eyes open at the same time. Nothing can stop you from being happy, you just need to know where to look.

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    The calmness in this picture is uplifting. There is something so serene in these bubbles. The light colors and hues just melt my heart away. Take a moment to really see the beauty within.

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      Dandelions are always beautiful. Pay attention to the contrast with blues and whites in this photo. It really brings a smile to my face! I hope it does the same for you.

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        The greenery in this photo can be a great energy booster. Green is a great motivational booster as well. It makes you feel like working and brings a sense of calmness. Look at that bright sun in the background behind the trees. Look at the color contrast! It is really magnificent.

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          Cherry blossoms are always reliably beautiful. Look at nature from another breathtaking view! This picture is the perfect example to tell you what nature and togetherness is all about. I’d love to take a walk right here. A gorgeous view to say the very least.

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            Something very mysterious about this picture. Something subtle can show that life is not always happy, but that there are a sad times as well. That does not mean we cannot relish it. The good and the bad is what life is all about. Take them in the same stride. Just believe and have faith in yourself.

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              The blue waters and the green cove will surely make you feel wonderful. A bird’s eye view just can’t get better than this. You get a large look at the open and wide sky with its light blue colors and gray-white clouds. You also get to see the mountains with their peaks and the wonderful landscape. The hint of green that the trees give also creates a dynamic edge.

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                Butterflies are simply beautiful. The color contrast here is truly mystifying. The butterfly itself has wonderful colors—black and orange is a fantastic combination. While reminiscent of Halloween, it also brightens my mood in a spectacular way.

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                        Sometimes, you just want to look at some pretty flowers.

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                            This scenery is dream-worthy.

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                              Look at those colors!

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                                  A nice day and a nice view. What can beat that?

                                  Sunrise over Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, seen from the top of the rock pile.

                                    This landscape is epic and serene at once.

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                                      Togetherness is always lovely.

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                                        What a wonderful world! These odd colors will bring a smile to your face.

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                                          Sometimes, there are just no words. You just have to stand back and appreciate.

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                                            The purple in this picture really sets the mood well. A wonderful mix of colors.

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                                              Another beautiful one. I love the autumn colors.

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                                                The sun is fascinating. No words to describe the simplicity and camera placement. This view truly is breathtaking.

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                                                  Very odd, but very real. The car’s presence brings a sense of mystery. You get to see a whole dynamic picture here. The grass with its greenery is fantastic here.

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                                                    Sometimes, a change in perspective can be even more beautiful. The pinetrees with the wintry mixture is wonderful here. Christmas time is a time of belonging, and feeling loved describes this picture well enough. I hope it reminds you of something special.

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                                                          Take your time and really look at the details in each of these photos. Each one has a special depth—you just need to look closely in order to see it. You might just find that your sour mood has lifted!

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                                                          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                                                          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                                                          For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                                                          “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                                                          “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                                                          Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                                                          You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                                                          Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                                                          1. Take a step back and evaluate

                                                          When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                                                          1. What is the problem?
                                                          2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                                                          3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                                                          4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                                                          5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                                                          Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                                                          2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                                                          If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                                                          At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                                                          Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                                                          3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                                                          Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                                                          4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                                                          Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                                                          1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                                                          2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                                                          3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                                                          4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                                                          5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                                                          Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                                                          By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                                                          Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                                                          6. Give yourself a break

                                                          If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                                                          7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                                                          A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                                                          Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                                                          After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                                                          8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                                                          As Helen Keller once said,

                                                          “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                                                          Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                                                          9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                                                          In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                                                          1. What’s the situation?
                                                          2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                                                          3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                                                          4. Take action on your next steps!

                                                          After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                                                          10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                                                          A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                                                          Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                                                          For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                                                          11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                                                          No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                                                          12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                                                          No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                                                          13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                                                          There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                                                          After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                                                          Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                                                          Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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