I won't tell you anything else about the movie (other than that I do recommend it), but I will tell you that Harold seems to record random events in his day in the tragedy column, when they could easily go in the 'comedy' column if he were to change his perspective just slightly. There are also events that occur that could be filed as 'not positive' that could easily be turned around.
This got me thinking about how often this happens to many people throughout the day. Much of what we experience can be seen and experienced as 'stressful' or not, depending on how we look at things. Similarly, more positive events can happen to people who make them happen, or even just expect them to happen, whereas more negative events (and, thus, more stress) can be the result of pessimistic expectations and missed opportunities. And a sense of humor can go a long way in turning a bad day around, or preventing one in the first place.
If you find yourself living a different 'story' than you'd like to be living, there are a few things you can do to change the tone, and perhaps the plot. First, everything can shift if you find a way to relax. These top relaxing strategies can help with that! Also, why not take a few minutes to learn the tricks of learned optimistic thinking? These tips can help when you're having just one of those days. Finally, take a few more minutes and read about maintaining a sense of humor throughout the day, and you could find yourself (and those around you) having a great day--or at least a less stressed one!
More Resources From Elizabeth Scott
- Quiz: Are You An Optimist or a Pessimist?
- How To Become More of an Optimist
- Understanding and Using The Law of Attraction
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