Younger readers may need to ask a parent (or even a grandparent) to explain the title of this post and why there’s unlikely to be a “Reasons To Be Cheerful Part Two”.
I work with a lot of people who suffer from low self-esteem and the depression that so often results from that. Something I find helpful in alleviating these problems, on a day to day basis, is taking a few minutes to think about the things that make you feel happy, or grateful or proud. They might be simple things like being alive and having a roof over your head. Personal things like the love of your partner, children or dog. Or professional achievements like that Oscar you were awarded at the last ceremony.
I’m not suggesting, by the way, that counting your blessings and thinking positively is some kind of magical cure. But if you do suffer from low moods or feeling you’re not good enough it can help, at least a little bit.
On a good day, just thinking of three or four positive things in your life can help maintain that feeling that life’s actually okay. On a less good day, it might be enough to give you a lift, or at least stop things spiralling out of control. And on a bad day, when you can’t manage to find even one thing to be cheerful about, that’s a really good early warning that maybe you need to get some help.
I was going to end this blog post by making my own list of positive things in my life, but I thought that might make me look a bit smug. So instead, I’m extending an invitation to you, my lovely readers (who make me happy, grateful and proud). Tell me your own reasons to be cheerful, and maybe you can inspire each other.