We’re just coming out of a more than two week period of almost continual severe weather alerts. We’ve had warnings daily for severe thunderstorms, quarter-sized hail, floods, damaging winds, and for fifteen hours we were even under a watch for impending tornadoes that were supposed to center right over our immediate area. As you might imagine, we have had more than the usual interest in checking our two favorite weather sites for updated forecasts. It has been an interesting exercise in how the same circumstances can be looked at in different ways.

Today’s forecast, for instance… one site is predicting a sunny day with lots of clouds and temperatures rising as high as 65°F. The other site is predicting a cloudy day with periods of sun and temperatures not getting above the mid-sixties. It never varies… the first site always emphasizes the positive aspects of the forecasts… the second site always focuses on the negatives.


At the top of our mountain

Think about the people you know. Some are so focused on every problem that they live every day surrounded by their own negativity… always seeing their glass as half empty. Others might have huge obstacles to overcome but they somehow still manage to see their glass as half full.

Attitude does make a difference. And in our usual day to day “ordinary” living, there is almost always something that could or should bring us happiness. We just have to learn to see it.

It really is just as easy to live your life seeing the sunshine as it is to look for the clouds… and the biggest positive of all is that acknowledging and truly appreciating the happinesses you already have in your life will actually make you a happier person.

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Bette

I have a friend who is the most negative person I have ever met. She is a sweet woman but I almost dread seeing her or talking to her sometimes because she drags me down to her level emotionally. Sometimes I wish I could just say to her to think about something positive but I haven’t known how but I think I am going to show her this post. Once again thank you for your inspirational outlook.

Jill

So true, attitude can make or break a situation. My husband and were once missed a connecting flight by a matter of minutes due to the fact our first plane was running a bit behind. Because of overbooking etc..it was six hours before we were able to get on another flight home. There was a family of four flying the exact same route and thus in the same boat as we were in. While my husband and I chose to look at the situation as a grand adventure and did our best to roll with it, this poor family took a darker look at things and was very put out by a situation they had no control over. We often saw them bickering with each other and acting short tempered with the airport staff. They were so unhappy that my husband and I took to calling them the Crab Family. Guess who finally got on the plane home feeling happy and relieved instead of stressed and worn out?

Pam McCormick

I believe your attitude can “color” your whole life.I also think I saw documentation of people living longer with that positive half full attitude.I just thought it was a gift given to me, it is rare I can’t see something good in a situation….there are rare days but luckily rare is all that ever happens.I am hoping to live to 100 or beyond with decent health!

Dee

Wow…I loved that!

Tara@riceandbeanslife

Attitude is so important! A negative attitude can keep a person from finding solutions to better their lives. I’m trying to teach my children to look for the good by asking them before bedtime prayers each night: What was your favorite thing about this day? It has become a wonderful tradition in our family and enforces having a positive outlook in our home.

Polly

This is so true!

Anne

I’m going to remember this while I do a ton of weeding in my garden today! It’s easy to focus on the negative, but my garden does have a lot of positive aspects and I’m going to enjoy those while I’m out there.

Dmarie

what a lovely post. I must remember this…imagine if a weatherman were posting my mood. might change me forever!