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Bright Side Day

Look on the Bright Side Day is a yearly event celebrated on December 21. This day is all about being positive and optimistic. And it comes at a very suitable time of the year in the northern hemisphere as the date is also the winter solstice when the days are shortest. Basically this is the darkest and often most depressing point of winter. From here the days get longer each day and spring will soon be on the horizon.

The day is about trying to help you to not be negative and encourages us to look for the positive side to any situation or circumstance. And there are benefits from being more optimistic in life. Not only does it benefit you mentally, but it can also improve your physical health as well. Research has shown that in the long run, being more optimistic can lead to greater personal success, greater longevity and decreased stress.

As Margaret Trudeau (Canadian Activist) said, “We can choose to wake up and grumble all day and be bitter and angry and judge others and find satisfaction in others doing bad instead of good. Or we can we wake up with optimism and love and say, ‘Just what is this beautiful day going to bring me?’”.

This year has been a difficult and challenging one for many of us. But now is a time to think about the New Year with optimism and make plans to improve your life and those of the people around you.

But it’s not always so easy to remain positive. What do you do when you feel sorry for yourself or that life is not being fair to you? Well, you might not always think so, but things could be worse. Psychologists have confirmed that remembering what we’re grateful for promotes cheerful emotions. Another idea is to write a gratitude journal so that you think about the positive things that happen in your life and can more easily remember them.

Now this is all good advice, but we won’t be happy and positive all the time. If you are struggling, there are some things you can do to help yourself. Firstly, realise it’s OK to not be OK. Remember you are not alone. Tell someone you trust, perhaps a friend or family member, how you feel. Make sure you get the basics right – make time for yourself, eat as healthily as possible, get plenty of sleep, exercise and connect with loved ones. These should help you to feel better. And if necessary, seek professional help. If you are in need of immediate help, then click here for a list of crisis lines from around the world.

If you or someone you know is struggling with low mood, depression, anxiety or stress then Hypnotherapy can help. Contact me for more information.

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