What is your default mood?
Do you act like the world has it in for you? Is every little thing that goes wrong a sign that the universe is conspiring you?
Do you walk around with a chip on your shoulder, quick to bitch about anything that doesn’t fit into your perfect world?
Are you more likely to open a conversation complaining about something trivial rather than emphasising something enjoyable?
We all know someone who brings down a conversation. Be self-aware of your own behaviour so that these tendencies or defaults aren’t part of your social presence.
Not only does such a negative attitude erode your own happiness, it makes you undesirable company.
We often can’t control how life works against us, but we can reframe our response. We can highlight the good things in our lives.
You don’t have to have false smiles when life gets you down, but you may need to reflect on whether you automatically are negative or positive most days.
When life really does get you down, your friends are more likely to take it seriously than if your default mood is constantly negative.
Aim to be the bright spot in someone’s day. Have conversations that leave people happy to be alive.
As much as possible, make happiness your default mood. And you'll find that life is a lot better than you think.
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