"Woe is me is not an attractive narrative".
Imagine my delight as I filled the page with words about how I've had a stress free day, and how the one area I'm really keen to work on is my tendency to wallow in self pity. It sounds as horrible as it is; my worrying is often complimented with a dollop of self pity. No more! 2014 will be the year I catch myself out and train myself to change my way of thinking. I've seen several posts about being grateful for the little things in this New Year and I've always been a big believer in this. From exclaiming about how great the chips are at Honest Burger, to being thrilled I can use a travel card on the bus or just being amazed at how container ships float; I'm forever noticing the little things. From now on I'm going to savour the feelings I gain from doing things I enjoy and not let the negative, sarcastic comments take over and ruin things.
The quote itself could not be more true and is the reason we all feel obliged to answer "yes I had a great Christmas break thanks", because any other answer would illicit a sense of shock and then eventually a switch off - there is only so much our brains can take of another person's moaning about their family rift. Of course this doesn't apply to big things, I'm talking about little everyday situations where little positive thoughts can make a big difference.
So turn that frown upside down, savour the small things and do that which makes you happy.
*Interestingly, the quote is from an article about Obama back in 2010 in the New York Times